Click on any photo to enlarge. All were taken on 16 Feb 2013.
This is a female Brown-headed Cowbird, one of the smaller members of the Blackbird Family. This is the first time I’ve seen one on my property that I’ve noticed. I’ve encountered plenty of female Red-winged Blackbirds, especially lately. Apparently Blackbirds of various species often hang out together in flocks. The Cowbird in the photo is at a feeder on my porch railing.
Here she is checking out the feeder before taking her first nibble. Although she’s small compared to others in the Blackbird Family, she is bigger than most of the birds that come to this feeder, therefore it was easy for her to get the thing all to herself.