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Birdman of Plaza

Nature takes it's course for baby finches.....

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So we have a wreath on our front door, third year in a row where house finches nest. I build a sort of blind on the doors window so I can observe the whole thing through a small "peep" hole. It's very exciting and I have to say stressful worrying about their well being not that I have anything to do with it. The first year we thought they disappeared too early ?? They may have just fledged ? Last year was more complete as we watched them stretch their wings... But this year was a disaster. We had four chicks and got to see mom and pop come and go. I think it was just yesterday that we noticed one chick with a nasty looking eye. Weeks ago I did see a male finch at our feeder with some eye problems and I later learned that there is a disease. So later yesterday out of the blue there was just one chick left. I spotted what looked like a dead chick on the ground and before I could get out to look at it a Bluejay took it away. So we went to bed with one chick in the nest and needless to say this morning the nest is empty. Is there anything to understand ?? Were all the chicks sick ? We thought the mama spent a lot of time away from the nest but they were definitely being fed. I look forward to setting up this wreath but I think we are going to stop. We just get too invested. We have a great dog to love. We have feeders in our back window that are extremely busy and in another window enjoy hummingbirds.

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Wow great pic. We use to get nests in our front porch wreath too but then I took it down for a while. I think these birds have a very difficult life from the beginning. From what I read in the past, very few actually make it to adulthood.

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