Backyard Birds part 1

So many backyard birds that I never see! Cowbirds, finches, chickadees, and more!

House Finches

House Finches!!

Finch or Hummingbird?

Mrs. Finch on a hummingbird feeder


Lots of fledglings today! 1 White-winged dove,1 Mourning Dove, at least 2 House Sparrows, 1 Mockingbird, 1 House Finch, and 1 Blue Jay! The baby Finch couldn’t figure out how to eat the birdseed. He picked up a huge sunflower seed and then put it back. He couldn’t even eat the milo and millet. The baby Blue Jay grabbed on our window and ate a spider.

Mr. House Finch

Mr. Finch looking for seeds. He was with a male and female House Finch.

Two little House Finch babies poking their heads out of the nest almost ready to fledge.

Two little House Finch babies poking their heads out of the nest almost ready to fledge. (And they fledged successfully!)

Baby House Finches in nest.

Baby House Finches in nest. Parents are names Amiria and Avolon! How many finches can you see? 3!

House Finch Nest

House Finch nest of a pair that keeps visiting my feeder! There are also two other nests in the area.

House Finch Eggs!!!

On my porch, there is this little white hanging bench swing that is supposed to be a bird feeder, but I never filled it up. And now, there is a beautiful pair of House Finches nesting in it!
The eggs are SO cute!

House Finch Nest with Cowbird Egg

Discovery of house finch nest on our wreath on our front door! We noticed the house finches stealing our artificial wrath twigs last month and now we found that they built a nest! It seems we have a cowbird egg in there. The House Finch hasn’t abandoned the nest yet! Will keep an eye on it and leave out the back door for a while.

House Finch Nest

House Finch Nest

House Finch Nest in Hanging Spider Plant Close-up

You can see the details much better in this close-up. I didn’t mean to post the first one.

House Finch Nest in Hanging Spider Plant

This is the first house finch nest in one of our hanging spider plants. We’ve previously had two mourning dove nests in a different pot, though only one of them was successful.

House Finch

We figured out why one of our Boston Ferns was turning brown and sparse on the top. the last time we watered, I don’t think we took the fern down. I may have soaked the newly-woven nest. We saw birds flying out of the fern for a week after that so I held my cell phone camera over my head and took a photo. No more watering the fern for a month at least.
Mom must have been desperate. We just moved in and hung the fern in February. The nest is in one of two hanging Boston Fern, on our busy balcony,shared with warring hummingbirds and their feeder, potted ficus and 3 planter boxes of flowers, plants and herbs.. The fern is usually taken indoors and watered weekly…well WAS but not any more! Nest built and eggs laid within 5 days.

Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Cornell Lab of Ornithology