Preening is a way of keeping all feathers in good condition. Birds that look the best get a better chance of finding a mate.
After a bird looks good, it has to show the best moves to make an impression.
Hanging out together helps solidify the bond being formed.
Because there is a lot of competition for a mate, birds often have to fight off another bird trying to take away your choice.
Bringing food is always a good strategy.
After attracting a mate, helping build a nest keeps the connection strong.
Sometimes there are bigger threats that need to be chased away.
Ensuring the continuation of a species, successful mating both strengthens the bond between mates and fertilizes the eggs.
I hope you will share photos or stories about witnessing the forming of pair bonds in birds — or any other animal you wish to present. I love photo storytelling and hope you can add to this Dawn Chorus on a special day.
If you would like to share a diary, send me a comment. I will give you directions on how to do that.