What’s wrong with this junco nest?

Something is not quite right here. What is it?

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4 thoughts on “What’s wrong with this junco nest?

    • Wrong species, but exactly the right idea – they’re cowbirds, which, like cuckoos, lay eggs in other species’ nests. It’s unusual to see two cowbirds in one nest though. There was an unhatched junco egg just below the nest, almost certainly rolled out by the cowbirds, who are good at minimizing the competition for food.
      The junco parents had no idea, of course, and vigorously chirped at me to go away when I took this photo.

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