Saturday, March 6, 2010

House Finch Behavior

Garry Budyk has just sent these interesting behavioral notes:

March 3rd: At home in East Kildonan , I observed a male House Finch doing a spirited courtship dance around a female , with the female following his movements carefully and responding by lowering her head and opening her mouth wide . No food was exchanged but the interaction went on for several minutes . It seems much too soon for a serious mating attempt , but it may show how early House Finches begin their pair bonding and courtship rituals .

March 7th: I observed a male House Finch feeding the female

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