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Michael Tavalin

Felton, CA, United States


In 1947, Weston said: “The male usually follows her while she is gathering nesting material and he may accompany her to the general vicinity of the nest; however, I have never seen a male carry nesting material nor in any way aid in the actual construction of the nest.” Well, Mr. Weston – boom shakalaka!
Photographed along the Meadow Trail, Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, Felton, CA.


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Species: Black-headed Grosbeak

Black-Headed Grosbeak Male With Nesting Material

2 responses to “Black-Headed Grosbeak Male with Nesting Material”

  1. Robyn Bailey says:

    Indeed, Birds of North America Online has this to say on the subject: “Female does virtually all building. Weston (1947) never observed males carrying nesting material; others report rare instances of males carrying nesting material (Ritchison 1983).”

    You have seen a handsome bird do something rare! Was it carrying much material to the nest, or was it just pretending to help for show?

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