OK, first the setup. I have this container plant mounted on the wall near our entry door. http://dotcomjoe.com/0413b1When I noticed a small bird (yet unidentified as it moved too fast) flying out from behind it, I checked to see what it might be doing there, and found this:http://dotcomjoe.com/0413b2Then, standing on a chair for a better angle, I found these guys:http://dotcomjoe.com/0413b3The eggs are smaller than a dime, but judging by the last time we had a bird's nest in a wall-mounted flower vase, by the time the babies leave I'll need to repaint the wall.~aj
Update: as of yesterday there are five eggs in the nest.http://dotcomjoe.com/0415b1~aj
Joe: Check this out....http://www.sialis.org/nestsbewr.htmNote the description of the splotches being concentrated at the larger end and arranged in a circular fashion...Also, this fits with our discussion earlier of a bird you asked to be identified...--s
--s:I agree that the eggs look precisely like the one in your illustration.But the bird hatching them (and the one I presumed laid them) doesn't look anything like either the House or Bewick's Wren nesting in the birdhouse of which I previously posted a picture.I caught the wren in flight today (they won't sit still) as it left the birdhouse:http://dotcomjoe.com/0416b1And here are a couple of shots from the one nesting behind the container plant (again, very skittish):http://dotcomjoe.com/0416b2I'm unable to view the eggs in the birdhouse, so I can't compare the two nests, but with the eggs in your linked illustration looking suspiciously like the eggs in the open nest, I wonder whether the Wren learned a trick or two from a friendly magpie, and lay some of her eggs in this bird's nestto let her and her mate raise them :-)~aj
great shot of wen in flight!!
Hmmmm..I can't find any px of the eggs of a House Finch. The top picture of the two you posted looks like a female house finch, the bottom not so sure but the light is different. The description of the eggs of the HF is similar-sounding to the that of the wren---i.e. irregularly-shaped spots clustered on the end of the egg (the larger end). The male HF has a lot of red on its head and chest--usually pretty. Look for him as well. --s
"I can't find any px of the eggs of a House Finch."I found these (among many others) by doing a Google search for "House finch eggs"http://tinyurl.com/6pfjzcrI was surprised to see how many of the nests had five eggs—the same number as mine. The mystery was made clearer by a couple of pictures I was able to steal of Mrs. Finch today.http://dotcomjoe.com/0417b1andhttp://dotcomjoe.com/0417b1bI had house finches nesting in another bird house a few years ago:http://dotcomjoe.com/0417b2I've yet to see the male of the pair, so I can't make a comparison,but with what I have I'm fairly certain it's a house finch.~aj
This is kind of fun...Looking at the eggs makes the birding universe larger--and more complicated, of course...Thanks!--s
Two hatched, three to go. They might have been out yesterday, I didn't look.Still, it's pretty quick. The last egg was laid only nine days ago.http://dotcomjoe.com/0424b1~aj
Update: About a week old (not all hatched the same day) and they're already growing quills. I'm yet to see Mr. Wren, so momma's got a bigjob feeding them all.http://dotcomjoe.com/0429b1~aj
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