Sunday, June 1, 2008

Grand Birds Once Again

Fake Plastic Plants In Atrium

Years ago we put a stand with four fake plastic plants in our atrium just off the front room. Our glass doors are next to it so we can see what is going on in the atrium.
Well, a lot is going on there. Every year we have finches returning to build their nests in the top plant only. Always the same place. They build new nests as I always clean out the old one as soon as our grand birds fly away.
This year we have had one batch of five babies hatched and they have flown the coop. I watched the last three fly away one after the other. It takes two weeks from hatching to fly a way. It is fun to watch them develop and test their wings.

Bird Beak - There are five of them in there!

The second batch was started shortly after the first nest was taken out. Within two days, a new nest was started. Five more grand birds are there and hatched. I expect fly away sometime after June 4th.

Fur Balls In Tight Fit

June 1, 2008 Picture

Last year in one of our batches a lone bird just didn't want to leave home. Probably a male. He made his way up to the top of the plant and just sat there while his parents and siblings were calling him from a nearby bush to join the world. Finally he tried his wings and was surprised that they worked!

"I'm Sitting On Top Of The World ---"

I expect one more batch of birds before the summer is over. My guess is that the ones that were hatched there come back with their mates to start their family because "there's no place like home".

UPDATE: I believe today (June 7th) is the day. Four have left the nest with the 4th one just minutes ago. Only one left and he's (she's) going to be lonely since his siblings have left. So I will post when we have all five birds out of the nest.
FINAL UPDATE: The last bird got lonely and flew away. I just checked the nest at 12:10 p.m. on 6-7 and we are now EMPTY NESTERS once again.

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