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Switched Before Birth

Uploaded by: WeatherWise

Monday June 9, 2014

Danville, VA (Current Weather Conditions)

Caption: Looks like the cowbird has slipped in and kicked out one of the cardinal eggs and left one of her own in its place. Very disappointed - today's nest check reaffirms what I was thinking. Plus I found the little cardinal egg on the ground with leakage. Nature is not always fair except supposedly the cowbird does this all over the place laying about 30 eggs in one season.

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3. WeatherWise
8:32 PM GMT on June 09, 2014
Then of course, this is nature's way. If I had not discovered the nest, I would never have known and had the quandry of whether to bother the egg.. Or even if I had not gone for the second photo op.
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2. WeatherWise
8:22 PM GMT on June 09, 2014
I am thinking the same. I think I would feel better taking the egg than taking a baby out. I think I read that the latter is what one should do as the birds might not like their eggs being disturbed. However if you have to removed the baby to keep it from harming the cardinal baby, I am thinking I would rather just take a chance and get the egg out.
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1. luvne32
8:15 PM GMT on June 09, 2014
I'd be tempted to remove the Cowbird egg. They are too numerous.
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