[Tweeters] Nesting bushtits wanted…….and a new long-term study area

Sarah Sloane sloane at maine.edu
Wed Mar 5 09:11:40 PST 2014


Hi all,

I've been studying bushtits in SE Arizona for the last 28 years and am now moving my project to western Washington. Too few bushtits down there now and too many drug-runners :-( My immediate interests while I am here in WA for the next 2 months or so are to:

1. find nests in the building stage that I can gather data on (no need to harm the nests or the birds! I don't even need to band them), and

2. (most importantly) find a good site for a long-term (>5 years) study on the social behaviors of bushtits in WA. For this I need a large peice of public land (bushtit flocks have large homeranges and dealing with private owners is difficult) and a good population of bushtits --- which means good bushtit habitat.

So, if you know of a nest if the building stage that I could come watch, please let me know. And if you know of a large public area with suitable bushtit habitat where you reliably see bushtits, that would be wonderful.

Thanks in advance!
Sarah Sloane



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