We’ve been a virtual hatching factory around here this month. The finches up in the front porch columns are on their second batch of babies, after the first three hatchlings did not do well. The new ones are in full chirp when their parents arrive with food. If you look closely, you’ll see a neighboring family set up just around the back.
Then, if you were able to swing around to the left, you’d see a black muddy mess where the swallows have decided to share the space and build their nests again. They swoop in and out of the porch with such acrobatic grace, I’m afraid they’ll spear the walls with their sharp little beaks.
The robin who built her nest in the honeysuckle trellis has come and gone with a successful trio of little robins launched into the world. I’ve noticed the nest with new bits of fluff now and then so I suspect someone else has been house-hunting and considering the site.
I had been keeping an eye on them and looking for a good photo for a while. I noticed the flowers needed a good soaking, and when I turned on the hose all three babies panicked and flew out of the nest and around the corner of the house. I can only hope that they are happy and safe now.
Last but not least, out at the pond is a nest of red-winged blackbirds. They build their nests out in the cattails and the male does a dramatic job of trying to lure you away with red herring behavior some distance away. Since this photo, the babies have hatched but they are weak little hairy things and I am not sure they are viable. We shall see.
I don’t know if snakes, frogs, or snapping turtles are predators to a bird nest suspended over the water, but I know my dogs cannot get to it. I really enjoy having new life developing around the farm.