Thursday, March 14, 2013


 Part of the project is to look at assortative mating, where finches mate with other finches that have beaks that are similar in shape to theirs. There are two ways to do this. One is to band as many birds as possible, and then do focal observations on nests you find and figured out which finches are paired. The other way is to find a nest, and then try to sample the birds you find at the nest. Due to lack of time, we're going with the second method for now. The coolest thing about this is finding nestlings in the bird nests!

Finch nestlings

Mockingbird nestlings and parent(s)

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