If you enjoy watching birds and observing their behavior, at some point you will observe them doing strange things or things that most people have never seen before. If you haven't encountered any bizarre or strange behavior yet, just be patient and keep watching, because you will.
One of the strangest events, that I was fortunate to observe during my bird watching, and the one that stands out to me the most, is when I saw a Scissor-tailed Flycatcher helping a Red-winged Blackbird feed its young. Having 2 different types of birds working together to feed one type of young is a rare occurrence. This is certainly not a common thing.
Would you believe this story if I had explained it to you, even if you know just a little about bird behavior? I wouldn't. I was lucky that day in several ways. I got to witness this bizarre behavior and I had my camera to photograph it. The photos below document this event.
The first photo shows the female Red-winged Blackbird sitting on the nest with the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher standing by. This alone is strange behavior. The second photo shows the female Blackbird feeding a Dragonfly to the Red-winged Blackbird young and the third photo shows the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher feeding them. What these photos don't show is that both males, the Redwing Blackbird and the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher are nearby and neither is concerned, at all, with each other or what is going on at the nest.
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