[midvalleybirds] Re: [obol] Re: Bushtits--body temp over 101!
larspernorgren at gmail.com
Fri Jan 17 01:38:22 PST 2020
If there is a male biased sex ratio then the helper birds at nesting make a
lot of sense. I am reading a monograph on the Florida Scrubjay. Habitat
limitations mean there can be no dispersal of young, so helper birds is an
obvious strategy. Neither California nor Woodhouse's Scrubjays have been
documented to do this.
On Thu, Jan 16, 2020, 11:08 PM Sarah Sloane <sloane at maine.edu> wrote:
> In answer to one of your questions on your blog: Both bushtit males and
> females flock together year round. Small flocks of females may peel off and
> disperse in early spring. At least that’s what they did in Arizona. I’m not
> sure yet about the Pacific NW, but I should know soon. Female eye color is
> fully changed within a few weeks of leaving the nest, so your dark-eyed
> birds in January are most certainly males! All winter flocks I’ve seen have
> both males and females, but there is a male-biased sex ratio in general, so
> females are less common.
> Sent from my iPhone
> On Jan 17, 2020, at 1:57 AM, Dan Gleason <dan-gleason at comcast.net> wrote:
> This should come as no surprise. This is actually at the lower range of
> body temperatures for small birds. Core body temperatures actually range
> from 101-109 F.
> Dan Gleason
> Owner, Wild Birds Unlimited of Eugene
> Ornithology Instructor, University of Oregon
> dan-gleason at comcast.net
> On Jan 16, 2020, at 10:17 PM, Harry Fuller <atowhee at gmail.com> wrote:
> How they survive the cold--togetherness...suet feeders.
> Harry Fuller
> author of: *San Francisco's Natural History: Sand Dunes to Streetcars:*
> author of *Great Gray Owls of CA-OR-WA*:
> author of *Freeway Birding*: *freewaybirding.com
> birding website: http://www.towhee.net
> my birding blog: atowhee.wordpress.com
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