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brown-headed cowbird

Westport, April 2011

It was a hot, sunny day in Boston, so I headed south to the beach, only to find a thick fog carried ashore on a cold breeze. Made the best of it by watching seabirds (too far away for good photos in the fog) and some other wildlife.
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snail A snail, possibly Cepaea hortensis
snail Same snail again
snail it's emerging now...
snail Fourth in snail series
snail Fifth in snail series
snail The snail slipped away, I won't say quickly.
cowbird Brown-headed cowbird (Molothrus ater)
cowbird Like cuckoos, brown-headed cowbirds are "brood parasites" - they lay their eggs in the nests of other bird species.