I got involved in some other issues today I needed to sort out so only got outside when Shadow wanted out for about 5 minutes. I have not even checked on the front Nestwatch (finch) nor the Dove on Nestwatch #2
But I did see the remains of a dove in the backyard which could have been from the hawk or maybe even a neighbor killed it. Have had them poisoned by neighbors before. And thus maybe we have a tragic dove event going on where one has lost its mate and then seemingly two other suitors muscle in. Anyway the pics below show a couple in courtship then an angry arrival of another who chased away the first. I do empathize with these dead dove events and try to understand their behavior after such events. This could be showing the half of the couple whose other half died and these are two courting doves looking for a mate probably in understandable great distress.
I also got to see a cool goldfinch couple.
So, the idea behind this site is to get my pics out there as I am not using social media much. Right now this is costing me about 12 bucks for a full year 😉 To stay within their space usage limits I reduce the resolution of all uploaded photos. WP tend to nickel and dime you with addon features and I am trying to circumvent all but the most necessary. Right now I am using a few like and tweet buttons all on trial basis, which are not working that well, and will soon research a better solution.
Quizzes and Fun Stuff
I also added a link to a simple Nature Quiz embedded here ( see also blogroll in side bar) . Will work on that stuff later but for now first fun link 😉
And that’s the way it is. …. (said Mr Kronkite 😉
So, as I had not yet got a good photo of whomever was sitting on those eggs, I tried again this morning. Luckily mom? was on the nest. It is very bright here early morning , and my eyesight is failing,so I had to wait till I went indoors to see what the photos showed. I had a distance shot of a bird leaving the nest area ( again was not sure if he was ON the nest. )
Not long after this , the bird flew off the nest. A long distant shot I took showed it was a Finch
Also the nest location was not a typical pyrrhuloxia setting.
So now I am not sure of the events. Maybe this was a Finch Nest from the start, seemingly reusing ?perhaps an old Hummingbird Nest , tho now it does look too big ( based on the comparison photos. )
Other scenarios I have include the eggs were abandoned as I did see them in the bare nest first. i had assumed a bird would know and would prepare a nest for the egg laying that would be occurring. Lot of reading to do. 😉
So here is a House Finch Nest.. identical egg size and shape.
From Wild Birds Unlimited post
So in prior post I show a nest I located. I researched size , shape etc and concluded it was a hummingbird nest. It had 3 unhatched eggs in view.
I did not see a parent. I also saw some other debris around the lip of the nest which ominously looked parent hummingbird shaped. So I then assumed something killed/ate the hummingbird ( a favorite of Roadrunners). So then I was getting mail today and something flew out of the nest. finch sized maybe, brown, could even have been a pyrrhuloxia.. Now if that is true that would be truly amazing!!
In fact earlier i posted about seeing both Pyrrhuloxia birds around and speculated their could be a nest nearby.. duh. not connecting the two events.
So I need to go monitor the nest this evening maybe , and see if I can id what is visiting the nest. All scenarios are possible , it could even be a live hummingbird I guess. So this is quite exciting. … More later
This story gets more fun as time goes on.