Wednesday, April 30, 2014

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus) Nest (Part 1)

Please note this story has a sad and tragic ending. If you do not like these kind of stories, feel free to skip this post. Happening at the same time as the destroyed mallard duck nest (blog post here), I had a pair of House Finches (Carpodacus mexicanus) nest in my backyard. Sadly, this story ended even sadder than the story about the ducks... I will be splitting this story into a 2 part post.

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Part 1 | Part 2

Part 1 will just be the House Finches (Carpodacus mexicanus), the eggs, and the nest. The chicks hatching will come in Part 2. First off, let me give you some background information... So roughly a week or 2 before the first photo, I noticed a pair of house finches building a nest right outside the door into my backyard. The birds seems to be very desperate to build the nest. The nest at the time kept getting blown down from the wind... The pair of house finches went looking for a new place to build a nest and tried out a few abandoned nests, but continued building this one. Feeling poor for the 2 birds, I went ahead and wired a piece of rope through their partially built nest, and moved it over around 1 feet to a place behind the post where it will be harder for the wind to blow it down. The 2 house finches, seemed a bit paranoid that I helped them, but not being able to find a new place for a nest, they decided to finally finish and nest in the nest I fixed for them.

 Photo shot on 3-25-2014. The first egg has been laid. Seeing how the male house finch brings back food for the female, I decided help them out a bit more. I poured a bit of my parakeet food right next to the nest. The male and female house finches seemed to have taken a bite once every few days of it, but they still seemed to prefer what the male one was finding. I really wanted these birds to survive... 

Photo shot on 3-26-2014. The female house finch incubating the egg. I set up my camera behind my window and took this photo. You can see the pink rope I wired through their nest to tie it in place. 

Photo shot on 3-26-2014. 2 eggs in the photo.  

 Photo shot on 3-27-2014. 3 eggs are in this photo. 


 Photo shot on 3-27-2014. There was around a 10 to 20 House Finches (Carpodacus mexicanus) in my yard and the surrounding yards. I decided to get some photos of them for my blog posts. The rest of these bird shots are taken on this day. 

This is a male House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus).

 On these 2 photos the female is on the left and the male is on the right. 


 On these 3 photos the female is on the left and the male is on the right. 

 Here is the female house finch that laid the eggs. I know because she flew back to the nest after I left. She was sure hard to spot in the trees!


 Photo shot on also 3-27-2014. Here is a photo of the nest. You can see how I positioned the nest, and the piece of rope I tied to the nest to secure it in place. 

 Photo shot on 3-28-2014. 4 eggs in the nest now. 

Photo shot on 3-29-2014. 5 eggs are in the nest now. I was hoping for a 6th egg, but it never came. I guess then this makes the story a bit less sad on the turn out...

I hope I didn't make you too sad with this story... Next time I have photos of the chicks being hatched and (as much as I hate to say it) dead. These are all the photos for today. Please don't forget to share with your friends and family members! Also, if you want to get notifications when I post up more photos, "Like" us on Facebook or follow me on Twitter and Google+. These links can also be found on the top of the right sidebar.

Part 1 | Part 2
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