House Finch Happenings

The House Finch pair are back. I’m so excited.

Not the best photo, but here they are together on the curtain rail

The female of the pair started a nest on our deck last month. You can catch up here. Mama finch had been building the nest for a while before we noticed. Once we noticed, she disappeared. I’ve since learned that house finches build several nests before deciding where to lay their eggs.

Friday morning, I looked out the kitchen window, and there she was. She had a mouthful of tree twig, which she deposited on the nest before immediately taking flight. Her red-breasted mate remained close. Together they flew to our Magnolia, then back to the neighbor’s tree for more twigs.

Mated pair of house finches in the Magnolia

I captured a few photos from a safe distance, not wanting to disturb the process. Eventually, I had to head downtown.

They’re singing to each other in the afternoons, so I’m hopeful this is a good sign that they’ll stay. If not, it has still been a pleasure watching this simple act play out.

Male House Finch, the object of her affection
A well-protected nest on top of the stacked curtains
Closeup shows how cleverly she’s hidden her nest

In other potential nesting news, I finally saw a bit of stuffing pulled from my squirrel offering cushion. I somewhat belatedly realized that a bird might also dip down for some fluff so I’ve moved the nesting material to the nearby orange tree instead.

I nervously watched a hummingbird either teasing Tessa or warning her off. Tessa likes lounging under the patio table A hummingbird flew from a nearby shrub, dipped toward her, and then flew away. I held my breath through that transaction.

Tessa lounging under the table

Life in the back garden is a balancing act. Squirrels and birds visit by day. At night we see opossums and the occasional raccoon. The kitties come in at dusk and stay inside until 8 or 9 in the morning. At 18, Lindy spends most of her time at rest. Mouse, the cat, is overweight, despite our best efforts, so he’s not much of a threat. I worry about Tessa, though. I want to keep all the garden visitors safe.

7 thoughts on “House Finch Happenings

  1. I’m still watching my Jay’s though not seeing any babies but you know how well I see. I know how much fun it is to see all the happenings in the world of nature. I’m hoping Tessa is just entertained by all the visitors. She’s so well taken care of in the food department, she probably won’t bother anything. We can hope anyway. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m excited to see if you get a little family of Finches.

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  2. Finch Follies, Cat-scapades, hazardous Hummer ! Goodness, it’s a thrill a minute in your yard ๐Ÿ˜€ I remember the opossum that was stuck in the cat netting in your yard too, crazy!
    Apparently Racoons stay very close to their home. So if you see one, chances are you’ll see it again and again. My friend Lori Nelson has them visiting her deck in Whiterock, BC. They’re really chubsters because a neighbour of hers there feeds them. You’re actually not suppose to because they become a nuisance (and unhealthy). Apparently they’re hard on the lawn furniture too. Nature hey? ๐Ÿฅฐ xo K

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  3. Nature can be wonderful, but cruel too. We have a lot of birds of prey and they sometimes venture near the house where we have lots of nesting birds. Although the small birds all make such a noise to warn each other and find safe perches quickly, I always fear they may be at danger which prevents me from putting out feed for them. Look forward to news of your nest and any offspring!

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  4. It’s lovely to see the birds nesting – I hope no unsuspecting person ever comes to visit and tries to draw open those curtains though๐Ÿ˜ฑ
    We have two pairs of blue tits and a pair of sparrows in the three bird boxes, a pair of wood pigeons precariously nesting in a small tree and goldfinches in our honeysuckle covered archway. We see the goldfinches flying in with clumps of sheep’s wool they’ve filched from the fences around the fields but I did worry yesterday during some very high winds because the arch has rusted through at the bottom and I suspect is only being held upright by the honeysuckle. I’m still too worried to let the cats out until after dark for an hour or so before getting them back in again. ๐Ÿ˜พ

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