Hatching Day!

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Well look who showed up today – the Birdie Daddy. Must be a special day, huh?
I saw him remove a half eggshell from the nest so I’m pretty sure we’ve got some babies.

Male House Finch on the nest

Papa Bird stands guard while Mama Bird grooms the chicks.

Kinda funny how the animal kingdom works. This is the first time he’s been here, um, ever. Curious. There’s really no reason he couldn’t have sat on the nest and helped incubate those eggs. It doesn’t take a lot of skill or certain organs to share your body heat. And the other thing that boggles my mind is that either he knew when to check in or Mama Bird knew exactly where to find him to tell him the news (his favorite bar??) But I’m not an ornithologist, so what do I know? If any of you are ornithologists please feel free to weigh in on the subject.
Anyway BD is also standing guard on the nest while Mama Bird stretches her wings, so to speak. Now that the male has shown up I have been able to identify the couple as House Finches, a VERY common bird throughout most of North America.
Interesting story about House Finches from Wikipedia:

Originally only a resident of Mexico and the southwestern United States, they were introduced to eastern North America in the 1940s. The birds were sold illegally in New York City as “Hollywood Finches”, a marketing artifice. To avoid prosecution under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918, vendors and owners released the birds.

I will keep an eye on these guys throughout the weekend and I’ll post updates. Because that’s how much of a life I have.

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Hi I'm George McDonnell. I live in Northeast Ohio and this blog is full of my thoughts about my lifestyle: Veterans' issues, fitness, men's stuff, apartment life, and Yoga.

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