Don't Perch So Close to Me!
I spotted this pair of house finches in the birch tree outside the studio windows yesterday. They were exhibiting some unusual behavior. Every time the male tried to perch closer to the female, she scolded him and drove him away.
There are a number of possible explanations for his behavior:
1. The sunshine had him feeling spring in the air and you KNOW what THAT means.
2. He was cold and wanted to "spoon" for a few minutes.
3. Our birch tree and nearby feeders have become a sort of avian singles bar and he's the local lounge lizard/letch.
As for her behavior (and I'm only hypothesizing here, since I lack female intuition/insight):
1. She's looking for more in a relationship than just nice plumage.
2. She wants him to behave more like a male cardinal and bring her a seed, first.
3. She is worried he has House Finch Disease (though I saw no signs of it).
Eventually he gave up and flew off. When he did, I believe I caught just the slightest hint of disappointment in her bright eyes.
I'd be happy to hear your theories about this interaction.