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Old Feb 19, 2010, 11:27 AM   #1
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Nice capture Gary, he's got a beak and a half don't he!
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Old Feb 19, 2010, 9:32 PM   #3
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Nice capture Gary, he's got a beak and a half don't he!
Thanks, GW! Indeed, he does. Not being to boned up on birds, I wonder if they're members of the grosbeak family.
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Boo! Hiss! Boo!

They sometimes hang out with Blackbirds, but I believe they have their very own family. But they make a living by parasatizing all the other Songbirds...

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Correct - they are "nest parasites," which can be a real problem for some songbirds - especially (in our area) the Wood Thrushes. But that's still a great photo of a tough subject - so dark...
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