Several years ago I added a little treat to my garden…a ball of special cotton for the birds to use for nesting.
At least two seasons went by with none of the birds having any interest in it – then all of a sudden this year we’ve found it laying in places it shouldn’t have been, and pulled out of shape. Finally last week we actually got a glimpse several glimpses of bird pulling tufts of cotton out and flying away with it. Yesterday we discovered where at least some of it has gone.
On the side of the house there is a little vent box, and a pair of our house finches have set up housekeeping in it. (Mr. Tattered saw debris coming out of the box and went up to explore and took this picture with his iphone!) She’s laid 5 eggs!
Here’s mom and dad sitting on the fence waiting to feel comfortable enough to visit the feeder with me outside.
When I came around the corner to see the nest, mama took off and flew up onto the neighbor’s roof, the slowly worked her way closer and closer until finally climbing back into the nest.
We looked them up in our bird book and the eggs take 10-14 days to hatch, so we may have babies before we leave on out little trip.
On the May Flower Challenge front, this is day 20. Today I’d like to show you my Fransii. It is a fast growing drought tolerant shrub with a showy pink flower that is VERY common in our area. By mid-summer the shrub will be covered in flowers!
11 more days of the May Flower Challenge! Check out the other participants if you get a chance!