Baby House Finches
Posted on 04 July 2012
We have a breezeway between the house and garage. In this breezeway we have hanging baskets of various plants to give a little color to the large void between the two structures. In this particular hanging basket is a Geranium and under this Geranium, in the basket, is a House Finch nest. This is the second batch of young ones this year from the same two parent birds. Unfortunately, the first batch of babies were attacked by a Blue Jay and I could only save two of them. I don’t know the behavioural patterns of Blue Jays but I understand this is what they do during nesting season.
This batch of babies is six strong with only four showing in the image. The other two are buried under the pile of baby birds. So far, no Blue Jays around to disrupt the family. Boy, they sure look hungry don’t they…
As of today, June 23rd, the six babies are doing quite well and should be fledgling within the new week.
Update: July 3rd, all six babies have finally fledged. We now have a new nest, in another hanging basket, with three eggs in it.
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Canon EOS 1D Mark III
Canon EF 100mm f2.8 Macro
ISO 1600, 1/60 sec at f/32
Canon 580EX flash with diffuser