Whenever we hang flowering baskets on the front porch,
a new family of house finches build nests inside the basket.
Without fail, the yellow flowers were flattened as the
nest was built by busy Mom and Pop Finch.
My husband carefully watered the flowers. We hoped
that they would still be alive after our week away for
graduation. We joke that the porch belongs to these
birds. With a clutch of 5 eggs, the nesting and
incubation periods will last about one month.
The rocking chairs will be used after the little ones have
left. Carefully placed bird houses and a feeder dot our property.
A cacophony of bird song greets us daily. For now,
Mother Finch lets us know we are too near
her precious offspring. We yield to her insistent
wishes. Our photos reveal soft balls of gray down, eyes
closed and huddled together. House finches are
social birds who often perch on overhead power lines.
This morning other young birds were practicing flying.
Clumsy. In the backyard, a house wren added twigs
to the small bird house. We love the entertainment!
Cleanup is another matter. The car wash helps clean
the vehicles. A handful of wet paper towels, some with
added drops of dish detergent take care of the siding
on our house. Who has encroached whom? Take a guess!