After a successful fieldwork season, we are back from the Kalahari.

After a combined four months in Kalahari, we have all returned to our desk jobs.

From left to right: Lauren, Shoko, Sue, Maria and Isabella

In collaboration with Dr. Andy Young, from the University of Exeter, we have measured hundreds of roosts and filmed the building behaviour of the white-browed sparrow weaver to determine whether the differences in the morphology of the structures built by different colonies are due, in part, to social learning.

Dissertations handed in!

We are very proud for the blue tit team who just handed in their dissertations. Well done!

 

Kirsty Bond  studied the factors causing female blue tits to change nest box between breeding attempts. Rowan Stanforth assessed the application of a photographic technique to study the composition of nests. Tom Oldridge studied the function of moss in nests of blue tits. Austin Morin measured the effects that temperature has on the building behaviour and reproductive output of blue tits.

 

 

We are equally proud and happy for the hummingbird duo!

Catherine Cannell studied whether wild hummingbirds change their foraging routes in response to a decrease in sucrose quality.

 

Catherine Lo studied relative quantity discrimination in wild hummingbirds.