Date: 8/5/17 2:17 pm From: Marty Wall (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Subject: Possible Breeding of Shiny Cowbirds at Fort Macon SP, Carteret County, NC
I have been keeping an eye out for any offspring of the Shiny Cowbird pair that has been at Fort Macon this summer. I don't know whether to be excited or scared about it, but this morning there was what appears to be an immature Shiny Cowbird in the company of the continuing female. The new bird has the slightly scruffy look of a hatch year bird, but other than that I'm just going on the probability of a new bird versus a pair producing an offspring. I have not seen the male since July 27. The flock of Brown-headed Cowbirds that swelled when the hatch-year birds left their unwitting hosts and joined their own species seems to have moved elsewhere and perhaps the male Shiny Cowbird moved with them. Perhaps the female and her offspring will leave soon as well. I have uploaded a photo to the Carolina Birds website. I have also included a link to my eBird report below.
On a related note, I saw one of the banded adult female Painted Buntings with an immature Brown-headed Cowbird in tow this morning. On the positive side, I believe I saw two hatch year Painted Buntings at Fort Macon on Thursday.