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Subject: The invaders. Date: 4/13/2012 1:11 PM
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OK, first the setup. I have this container plant mounted on the wall near our entry door.

http://dotcomjoe.com/0413b1

When 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/0413b2

Then, standing on a chair for a better angle, I found these guys:

http://dotcomjoe.com/0413b3

The 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
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Subject: Re: The invaders. Date: 4/15/2012 6:59 PM
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Update: as of yesterday there are five eggs in the nest.

http://dotcomjoe.com/0415b1

~aj

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Author: shuksan77 Big red star, 1000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 3842 of 3920
Subject: Re: The invaders. Date: 4/16/2012 7:22 AM
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Joe:

Check this out....

http://www.sialis.org/nestsbewr.htm

Note 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

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Subject: Re: The invaders. Date: 4/16/2012 8:57 PM
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--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/0416b1

And here are a couple of shots from the one nesting behind the container plant (again, very skittish):

http://dotcomjoe.com/0416b2

I'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 nest
to let her and her mate raise them :-)

~aj

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Subject: Re: The invaders. Date: 4/17/2012 9:36 AM
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great shot of wen in flight!!

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Subject: Re: The invaders. Date: 4/17/2012 9:48 AM
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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.

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Subject: Re: The invaders. Date: 4/17/2012 3:10 PM
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"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/6pfjzcr

I 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/0417b1
and
http://dotcomjoe.com/0417b1b

I had house finches nesting in another bird house a few years ago:
http://dotcomjoe.com/0417b2

I'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

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Subject: Re: The invaders. Date: 4/17/2012 10:08 PM
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This is kind of fun...

Looking at the eggs makes the birding universe larger--and more complicated, of course...

Thanks!

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Subject: Re: The invaders. Date: 4/24/2012 1:36 AM
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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

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Subject: Re: The invaders. Date: 4/29/2012 2:10 PM
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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 big
job feeding them all.

http://dotcomjoe.com/0429b1

~aj

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