Friday, May 21, 2010

MORNING SURPRISE... Today I peeked!

Every year a pair of House Finch make their nest in one of our Emerald Green Arborvitae. Unfortunately, natural tragedy seems to occur each year before hatching time so we've never actually got to see the eggs hatch and enjoy watching the babies. Mother Nature's population control.

 Male House Finch
Earlier this year, I became aware the Finch were once again nesting there. I watched from afar with anticipation. Several days after my discovery, the magpies also found the nest and destroyed it, eating the eggs. Another natural tragedy. Does anyone else dislike Magpies as much as I do?

 Female House Finch

Several weeks later I noticed the birds would fly from the adjacent arborvitae whenever I walked by. They are persistent little creatures and were building another nest.  Little mama is spending a lot of time in the tree these days, so I suspect she is sitting on her eggs.

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Today I peeked!  Much to my delight I found five tiny pastel blue eggs with black spots near the top. I was surprised to see the nest is built with bright blue strings from our worn out trampoline nearby, the perfect touch of elegance!

Elegant "House Finch" Nest

I snapped the picture and left quietly before mama came back from her break. I was lucky enough to catch the pair around the corner in the morning sky, singing to their heart's content.

The happy couple taking a morning break; 
their beautiful song fills the morning air in my gardens.

Keeping our fingers crossed these eggs will hatch!


  1. Oh, I am so glad that they were able to build another nest, safe from the magpies. I look forward to photos once they have hatched :-)

  2. That is just gorgeous. I really love all the photos of your garden and its inhabitants. :)

  3. Aren't they just amazing? And how determined they are to rebuild so many times without giving up. I hope these eggs get to hatch! Keep us posted. :)

  4. Carolyn, you should send some of these photos to KSL or somewhere they are precious!

  5. Hi,
    First time, I look at a blue nest.


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