We always have a huge variety of birds in our yard and have at least 10 bluebird houses scattered around the yard and orchards.
This year what I think is a house finch built a nest in the lilac bush right outside our bedroom window. It's been fun to see the nesting process from the first bits of grass to the adroit weaving in of a piece of dryer softener sheet that came from who knows where!
Now the babies have arrived and are a little over a week old. I had to take the photo from inside the house so the quality isn't all that great but you can see the three babies inside the nest (or maybe you can't! They're all in weird positions!) I like babies of all kinds and really like that our farm is home to so many different varieties, but really, aren't baby birds the ugliest things you've ever seen? This photo was taken right after Mom had finished feeding them so they're kind of snuggled down for a nap. Most of the time, however, they're all stretched up with their heads lolled back and beaks wide open! I wonder if they think a bug will just drop into their open beaks or if it ever actually happens! I need to look up how long before they'll leave the nest but I'm not entirely sure they're actually house finch babies. The mom stays away a lot and when she is around, she's mostly hidden by those leaves so it's hard to see any definitive markings on her. I'm sure it won't be long before these babies are off on their first flights though and maybe I can get a photo of that for you!
In the meantime, almost directly across from the lilac bush is a bluebird house. I got the following photo while I was photographing the the baby finches.
It's so fun to capture these critters - I wanted to say "Smile, you're on Candid Camera!"