Sunday, May 3, 2009

Nesting and Other Birdiness


We have a pair of bluebirds in our nestbox. The babies have already hatched and the parents are busy bringing them food.

I saw the male handing off some food to his mate.


Click on the pictures below to see more of the bluebirds.



Miah found this egg in a different part of the yard (away from the bluebirds.)

Then a couple days later she found this nest on the ground.


A few days earlier, we watched these house finches try to build a nest on our front porch. The female would bring a twig up and then turn around and flap her wings until the twig fell off. Then she would turn back around and wonder where her twig went. This went on for quite some time and was kind of frustrating to watch. The male tried too. (Click on the pics.)

They seemed to have given up and left when Miah found the nest in the backyard. We set it on the spot the finches had been working just to see what would happen. And today, on the other end of the porch, we saw this:

It looks to me like a pile of grass and twigs on the bottom with the nest we found sitting on top. But I don't know how they would have been able to get the nest over there. Miah said maybe they worked as a team. Or maybe they just figured out how to build a nest. I did see the female house finch sitting on it for a little while this morning but not since.

Some more birds. A robin. A chipping sparrow. And a mourning dove in our garden.


Update: Mrs. House Finch is on her nest this morning. :)

1 comment:

  1. Enjoyed your birdiness today! Just ran across Project Feederwatch where children can submit bird counts online. http://www.birds.cornell.edu/pfw/Members/EduHomeSchoolResources.htm Sounds great for nature lovers. We had goslings hatch close to our house this week - just before their nest was flooded. We can't wait to take pictures! Got the link to Project Feedwatch here: http://handbookofnaturestudy.blogspot.com/2009/05/outdoor-hour-challenge-birds-house.html

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