Sunday, May 13, 2007

Observation

The double-barred (or owl-faced) finch has a short breeding cycle, though over the past year I have only ever seen a pair of them at any one time; constructs a separate nest each time — there were four in a dead spadix that fell from one of our palms — which takes about a day to build & is usually in a difficult for predators to reach place; & seems to prefer to find new dried grass each time — the birds used the dead branch as their launching pad to scavenge from, ignoring the quantity of building material that was closer at hand.

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