|House finch nest with eggs (and poop).|
Early Spring, a house finch couple were adamant about making a nest in my little greenhouse. They were getting in through an opening by the roof. I dismantled the beginnings of one nest, but they started a new one, so I just let them go. When seedlings time came, I was in and out of the greenhouse to take care of the plants. Of course, that disturbed her sitting on the eggs. Finally she got fed up with me and abandoned the nest. After waiting for awhile (to make sure she wasn't coming back), above is what I removed from the greenhouse. I had to smile upon seeing how much of my dog’s hair was incorporated in her nest. : ) In hopes that birds will use it, I'm always brushing or putting his fur outside.
Meanwhile, an old nest in a Japanese maple next to the house has been "rented" by a mourning dove. This picture was taken through the bedroom window. I'm watching and awaiting babies!
Also, a follow-up on the black swallowtails I posted about last September (click here for post)... I ended up with five chrysalises on sticks, and set them in a goldfish bowl. They sat in the garage all winter, and in the past week or so, three emerged, but I missed seeing them come out. So I put the bowl in the kitchen, and this morning I found the fourth emerged and sitting on the stick, dripping wet. So now... one left, and the chrysalis is green (you can see it in the goldfish bowl still). Will be interesting to see if the butterfly is different since all the other chrysalises were brown. Unlike the monarch's chrysalis, when it's time to emerge, these don't turn transparent.