Date: 4/15/18 11:56 am
From: Angela Cobas <angnix...>
Subject: Re: [birders] Even during an ice storm, Male Nuthatch feeds his mate
I saw a male House Finch feed a female this morning. I think a lot of
species do this

Angela Cobas

On Sun, Apr 15, 2018, 2:54 PM Tait, Mag <mtait...> wrote:

> I will be watching mine! I never knew this behavior.
> Mag
>
> Sent from my iPhone
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> On Apr 15, 2018, at 1:06 PM, Juliet Berger <juliet.berger...>
> wrote:
>
> This weather has me indoors, feeder watching. A (smaller) male
> White-breasted Nuthatch came repeatedly to my mealworm feeder, selected
> one, and fed it to a much larger (though still dark-headed) female,on a
> tree trunk, while she quivered her wings like a juvenile, but with slightly
> less gusto! This was cool to watch. Apparently he will courtship feed her
> while she is the egg laying period and sometimes while she is incubating
> the eggs, after the full clutch is laid. I did some research, and some
> female White-breasted Nuthatches, perhaps the more mature ones, and the
> southern belles, have a head as dark as the male. I was confused there for
> a minute, since they both looked like males and it is way too early for
> young to be out and about. Also, males will not tolerate another nearby
> male, unless it were their own young.
>
> Good (indoor) birding,
>
> Juliet Berger
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