Friday, May 15, 2009

Nesting

After a few days of flying in and around the house and spending several hours in the crabapple tree considering the matter, a house finch has chosen to make her nest in the oak wreath on the front door of the little blue house in the village. As a result of her decision, there is a sign posted on the front door - guests, cards, letters, parcels and junk mail are being diverted to other portals, and we are keeping an eagle eye on the doings at our threshold to ensure that the finch is not disturbed by curious passers by or predators.

Everything seems to have ground to a halt here as we watch over the nest (from a distance, of course) and make sure that bird feeders close by are well filled to accommodate the little bird mother on the rare occasions when she pops her head out of the wreath and forages for food.

Since she is small, it is difficult to see the finch when she is hunkered down on her cosy nest amid the oak branches. I may be able to take a photo or three later, when she is more settled. At the moment, our feathered guest is a tad skittish and flies into the crabapple tree whenever we come around the corner of the house.

7 comments:

Endment said...

What a delightful Neighbor!!!

One Woman's Journey said...

You are a good "mom".

Deborah Carr said...

Don't we feel blessed when nature comes to call?

Last year, we had a hummingbird nest high in our birch tree. Too high to see...although it didn't stop me from standing beneath and staring upwards until my neck kinked. Waiting.

Sky said...

oh, how wonderful! congratulations on the new additions to the family. i would be glued to a window every day! happily awaiting news on the hatchlings!

Barbara said...

What fun!

Our first indoor-only cat became indoor-only because a pair of finches nested in a potted plant that hung in our patio.

Mouse said...

Reminds me of the time when we couldn't use our back door because a robin was nesting in a nearby windowbox. Such squatters are always welcome!

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