Meet the New Family!

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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.

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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

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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,

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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

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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!

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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!

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31 Responses to Meet the New Family!

  1. Darlene says:

    How wonderful to provide a home for these little darlings. And other feathered friends. Nature and humans can live together. xo

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  2. Oh, the wonder of it all! ❤ How blessed we are by the beauty and bounty that surrounds us… xo

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  3. Emily Nemecek says:

    Oh my gosh look at all the babies!! How cute! Love this xoxo

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  4. cindy knoke says:

    Awwww……Wonderful!

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    • Cindy, thank you for the lovely comment. I forgot and sat in the rocking chair only to hear incessant songs from Mom & Pop Finch up on the wires. I retreated indoors once again to allow them their space to raise the family! Never a dull moment at our end of the pond. Enjoy your weekend. oxox

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  5. We have house finches nesting in the crook of a gutter. They don’t seem to mind sharing the back porch area with us. I must say your birds live in a better neighborhood than ours — we have no hanging baskets. oxox

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  6. Mabel Kwong says:

    This is such a cute post, Mary-Ann. Lovely your documented the eggs in the nest and the baby finches finding their feet in this world. Thoughtful of your husband to water the flowers around the next before you left for a week. The young finches sound like they are eager to practice their flying – and are growing up quite fast.

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    • Mabel, thank you for such a lovely comment. Mom & Pop Finch watch us from the power wires above and voice their displeasure if we try to sit in the rocking chairs. So, as best we can, we avoid the area until they fly off. They grew very quickly. Be well and enjoy the weekend. oxox

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      • Mabel Kwong says:

        That is very protective of Mom & Pop Finch to keep an eye over their brood from above. They seem to not want strangers around and want to keep the Little Finches happy. Maybe, just maybe, Mom & Pop Finch will see you as friend 🙂 It’s Sunday evening over here, Mary Ann. Hope the weekend is going well for you.

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      • Mabel, I forgot our time differences. Later on our temperatures will be around 33C so a hot sunny day. We may opt not to have hanging baskets on our front porch so that we may use it once more. Mother Nature fascinates but we have to learn to co-exist too. Be well and have a good week ahead. “”__””

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      • Mabel Kwong says:

        33’C sounds very warm over there. Hopefully the finches are shaded and well protected from the heat. They might even need extra drinks of water this summer. You re right. We have to learn to co-exist with nature. Stay cool, Mary-Ann.

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      • Mabel, thank you for the lovely comment. It was a very hot day for us but thankfully our AC keeps the house cool. The little ones have left the nest so we can water the flowers once more. I believe Mom & Pop are planning another clutch since they keep watch on the overhead wires. Rains come tomorrow and will cool the temperature. Be well and have a great week! ^^__^^

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      • Mabel Kwong says:

        Good that you had AC in the house and it sounds like it will come in handy for you this summer too. Enjoy the rains if they come. Hope the finches get shelter from any heavy rains if they come by. You be well too, Mary Ann 🙂

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      • Mabel, thank you. We listen to all the birds chirping and have plenty of houses on the property. The finches like to take shelter in dense bushes and sing to us as we pass by. What season do you have now? Winter? Enjoy! 🙂

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      • Mabel Kwong says:

        The sounds of birds chirping is music to your ears. Hope the finches continue singing for you. We are in winter….way too cold for my liking so looking forward to summer 🙂

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      • Mabel, thank you. The bird song entertains us here. Do you get snow where you are? What are your average temperatures? Then I can say “be warm.” Enjoy your week. “”__””

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      • Mabel Kwong says:

        Enjoy the bird songs, Mary Ann. Where I am in Australia it isn’t cold enough for snow. It does get down to 7’C or 40’F or so at night, and 15’C or 60’F in the day. Pretty cool 🙂

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      • Amusing to me, Mabel. Some people wear shorts in your winter temperatures. I love 60 F days. We get the most snow for a city our size in the lower 48 states. It is ok with me except sometimes I wish winter were not at long here. Be well. 🙂

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      • Mabel Kwong says:

        I could never wear shorts indoors or outdoors in my winter over here. Enjoy your summer while you can 🙂

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      • Mabel, I enjoyed your candid comment. I agree with shorts as well. Long pants are my favorites. Until about mid-September, we have warm summer weather. Be well.

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  7. Sally says:

    How sweet! I enjoyed your photos, especially the ones after they hatched!

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    • Sally, thank you for the lovely comment. When we tried to get another photo, they flew away. Startled them and us! Mom & Pop keep circling around and waiting on the overhead wires. Another clutch? Meanwhile my husband watered the flowers to bring them back. We have many nice bushes and trees for them to use as well. I know you have fun with Mother Nature too. Be well and have a good week. oxox

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  8. Clare Pooley says:

    Those little birds are so sweet and you must feel honoured that the parent finches have chosen your porch to raise their family on. This comes at a price of course! You can’t use your porch and you have a lot of cleaning to do as well as a few squashed plants to replace! We have a bumble bee nest just under the eaves of our house above our bedroom window. The noise is surprisingly loud and continues all night long! We have nets on the window to stop the bees entering our bedroom and my husband has taken to wearing earplugs at night!
    Take care, Mary Ann and have a good week! xoxo

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  9. Tom says:

    Very cute photos! The entertainment is nice!

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