Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Blondes, brunettes, and ...

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Did you know that redheads and ruddy ducks commonly lay their eggs in the nests of other waterfowl species, like cowbirds do? Neither did I.

6 comments:

Dave said...

Far out! I just found out yesterday that "cuckold" is derived from "cuckoo" due to the European species' same habits.

Mary said...

Of course I didn't know that but I did know about the Cowbirds...

I love that photo :o)

Susan Gets Native said...

Huh. You learned me sumfin.

egretsnest said...

Laura is a smart lady!

dguzman said...

Well whaddya know about that. I did know about the cowbirds; in fact, when I was atlassing last spring, we saw a mama robin feeding a young cowbird that must've grown up in her nest.

Great pic!

KGMom said...

Ahem--a redhead weighing in here, but not a ducky one.
Isn't it amazing the ways that nature accommodates to need--laying eggs in someone else's nest--why not? Save all that building time.