[CT Birds] house finch

Chris Elphick elphick at sbcglobal.net
Sat Mar 31 15:41:58 EDT 2012

Hi Larry,

Your description of house finches sounds to me like courtship feeding. Although 
eggs are being laid now, for a fledgling to be out of the nest, egg-laying would 
have had to have started almost a month ago (not impossible, but seems 
unlikely).  Male house finches regularly feed females during courtship, and the 
fluttering behavior you describe fits. Unless there was clear evidence that the 
bird was a juvenile (very fresh plumage, fleshy gape, etc.) I'd go with the 
courting pair explanation.


Chris Elphick
Storrs, CT
elphick at sbcglobal.net

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