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 house finches, there was commentary on the grass blog, and (unfortunately), 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)

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Poppa Bird passing food to Momma Bird - watch time-lapse video

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Or perhaps just giving each other a Finch smooch! ;-)

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Mama Bird removing an egg remnant - watch time-lapse video

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She flew away a few seconds later

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And I don't see any more eggs in the nest - it started with five

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A quick look at the baby chicks - they are squirming quite a bit - note webcam

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A colorful picture of Poppa as Momma take a rare peak at the webcam

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Poppa & Momma Finch check out the still unseeable chicks

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Poppa flys off to find more food for the Finch Family

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Poppa usually approaches from the East and says Hi to Birdcam Watchers - video

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Very unusual for Poppa Finch to approach from the West side

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First webcam image of two baby finches clamoring for Momma's attention & food

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Mom & Dad Finch share a private moment - more examples: 1 and 2

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And then Dad flys off to get more food

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Because there is a hungry baby finch watching to be fed - watch funny video

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Make that four hungry finches!

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Lets take a picture with a Canon 40D DSLR with 10-22mm wide-angle lens


May 30th - Baby Finch Chicks are a couple of days old

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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! ;-)

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Poppa Finch seems to be saying "How did I get signed up for this?!?"

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But being a good Dad, he brings an early lunch to the baby finches

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Mom feeding the baby chicks

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Yep - right down the gullet!

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Mom isn't mad at Dad - she's fanning the baby chicks - watch video

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Dad looks on as Mom kinda wonders how she got signed up for this too ... ;-)

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Baby Finches clamor for food almost constantly - video of Mom trying to sleep

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Chicks compete for food from Momma Finch

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Not sure where the fifth baby finch is ... they were sleeping when I took pictures

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Dad looks on - "Don't these baby birds ever stop?!?"

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Dad is thinking - "Can I get away from these kids and just go out for a beer tonight!"

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And the baby finches start clamoring the next morning - another image

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Poppa Finch flys the coop!

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But then is scolded by Momma for not helping out with feeding - video of lunchtime

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The whole Finch family that evening ... and guess what ... chicks are hungry again!

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Sunset pictures with a gentle flash - first time I've seen the eyes opened

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Webcam picks up the flash as a red glow

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Dad wondering if the baby finches are ever NOT hungry - they certainly like Mom!

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Momma Finch trying to restore order in the nest - smackdown video!

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Don't mess with stern looking Momma! A birder said Momma was nest cleaning.

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But Dad is a good sport and feeds 'em lunch - watch the zoomed-in time-lapse video

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Taking close-up pictures of the sleeping baby finches - time-lapse video

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Some people say they are sooo cute ... some people say yikes! ;-)

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Typical baby finch breakfast behavior when Mom and/or Dad show up

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That some serious feeding!

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First sign of feathers from a baby finch

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Nice profile of Dad with (guess what!) noisy and hungry chicks in the background

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Closeup of the demanding babies

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OK - who wants to be fed first?!?

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Mom and Dad seem to be having a heated discussion here

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Perhaps a difference of opinion on how to raise their children?

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Mom cleans out the nest again - watch time-lapse video

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Colorful closeup of Pappa Finch feeding all four chicks - another one

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Quite the unruly bunch of Finch Chicks!

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Cooler weather means snuggling for warmth - video of wake up for food and then back to sleep!

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Finch chicks are getting bigger and even more ansy for food when parents show up

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Finch Chick spreads its wings - second time I've seen this

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Open wide and here comes dinner!

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Looks like he wants a second helping!

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The Early Bird gets the Worm - note timestamps!

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Webcam has low-lux mode so can see semi-decently in the dark

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Mom flys away as the Finch Chicks continue to ask for more food

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Mom and Dad interacting - watch the video as they seem to be arguing?

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Yes, the parents do perch on the power cord to the webcam!

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WOW - look at this wing spread - won't be long before they start trying to fly!

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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.

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