Additional Pictures & Videos of House Finch Bird Nest
So in May/2008, I noticed a small bird building a nest on top
of a rain gutter on the NE corner of my house.
Since there is power nearby and it's under an overhanging roof eve, I was
able to install a webcam for a ... uhhhh ... bird's eye view! ;-)
When I installed the webcam
on May 25th, there were four eggs and one
tiny bird - be sure to scroll down as the action picks up.
There is a shorter summmary page on the
, there was
commentary on the grass blog
a Blue Jay showed up at the end.
First baby finch hatched on May 25th, 2008 - four more to go (one didn't make it)
Or perhaps just giving each other a Finch smooch! ;-)
She flew away a few seconds later
And I don't see any more eggs in the nest - it started with five
A quick look at the baby chicks - they are squirming quite a bit - note webcam
A colorful picture of Poppa as Momma take a rare peak at the webcam
Poppa & Momma Finch check out the still unseeable chicks
Poppa flys off to find more food for the Finch Family
Poppa usually approaches from the East and says Hi to Birdcam Watchers - video
Very unusual for Poppa Finch to approach from the West side
First webcam image of two baby finches clamoring for Momma's attention & food
Mom & Dad Finch share a private moment - more examples: 1 and 2
And then Dad flys off to get more food
Because there is a hungry baby finch watching to be fed - watch funny video
Make that four hungry finches!
May 30th - Baby Finch Chicks are a couple of days old
Momma Finich isn't too happy when Pappa doesn't bring some food back
So the next morning, Poppa Finch has to feed the chicks! ;-)
Poppa Finch seems to be saying "How did I get signed up for this?!?"
But being a good Dad, he brings an early lunch to the baby finches
Mom feeding the baby chicks
Yep - right down the gullet!
Mom isn't mad at Dad - she's fanning the baby chicks - watch video
Dad looks on as Mom kinda wonders how she got signed up for this too ... ;-)
Chicks compete for food from Momma Finch
Dad looks on - "Don't these baby birds ever stop?!?"
Dad is thinking - "Can I get away from these kids and just go out for a beer tonight!"
And the baby finches start clamoring the next morning - another image
Poppa Finch flys the coop!
But then is scolded by Momma for not helping out with feeding - video of lunchtime
The whole Finch family that evening ... and guess what ... chicks are hungry again!
Sunset pictures with a gentle flash - first time I've seen the eyes opened
Webcam picks up the flash as a red glow
Dad wondering if the baby finches are ever NOT hungry - they certainly like Mom!
Momma Finch trying to restore order in the nest - smackdown video!
Don't mess with stern looking Momma! A birder said Momma was nest cleaning.
Taking close-up pictures of the sleeping baby finches - time-lapse video
Some people say they are sooo cute ... some people say yikes! ;-)
Typical baby finch breakfast behavior when Mom and/or Dad show up
That some serious feeding!
First sign of feathers from a baby finch
Nice profile of Dad with (guess what!) noisy and hungry chicks in the background
Closeup of the demanding babies
OK - who wants to be fed first?!?
Mom and Dad seem to be having a heated discussion here
Perhaps a difference of opinion on how to raise their children?
Colorful closeup of Pappa Finch feeding all four chicks - another one
Quite the unruly bunch of Finch Chicks!
Finch chicks are getting bigger and even more ansy for food when parents show up
Finch Chick spreads its wings - second time I've seen this
Open wide and here comes dinner!
Looks like he wants a second helping!
The Early Bird gets the Worm - note timestamps!
Webcam has low-lux mode so can see semi-decently in the dark
Mom flys away as the Finch Chicks continue to ask for more food
Yes, the parents do perch on the power cord to the webcam!
WOW - look at this wing spread - won't be long before they start trying to fly!
While this had been a quite charming experience for me and
many web surfers, it unfortunately took a
very sad turn as Blue Jay showed up and grabbed three of the babies.
I had grown quite fond of these little guys, so while this predatory
behavior is normal in the animal kingdom, it was darn sad to watch it happen.
Read about the
Colorado Blue Jay here.