Some of you may have read Fat Finch’s blog last week and discovered that the writers are awaiting a call from the Nobel Committee as a result of their scientific discovery that orange birds love purple food. To assist the writers, I offered to do an independent study to see if I could replicate their results. Armed with essential scientific research tools–binoculars, the Canon with the long lens, an 8-pound can of grape jelly and a beer–I set out to do my own study. I observed eight or nine Western Tanagers and two Bullock’s Orioles over a two-hour period:
Some traditionalists stay with usual food sources.
But orange birds vote overwhelmingly for grape jelly.
Some fortunate birds are able to eat with no conflicts.
But occasional disputes break out over ownership of the jelly feeder.
My observations confirm Fat Finch’s original conclusion, and I cannot wait for the Nobel Committee to award the well-deserved prize. I hope to get the opportunity to conduct more research. Next time perhaps I should bring an additional beer. In the meantime, you should follow Fat Finch’s blog for always interesting birding information. If you enjoy that blog you might also want to follow The Golden State by the same author.
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