I noticed a few weeks ago that a bird had built a nest up in the rafters of our lower deck here in Estes Park. A few days later I saw a bird sitting on the nest, but I couldn’t figure out what kind of bird it was. This bird sat on the nest for days, never moving.
And then I saw her sitting on the side of the nest, looking like she was feeding something but I oculdn’t see what. It wasn’t until I saw the male nearby that I realized it was a pair of House Finches who decided to have their babies under our deck.
After a while the four, little babies finally got big enough that I got a few photographs of them through the window. And then 3 days ago I saw them moving all about. I just knew they were ready to fledge. Within a couple of hours they were gone…all but one of them. He just sat there.
I’d go down periodically but he wasn’t going to budge. He wasn’t leaving that nest! Phil looked up on the Internet and it said that some baby birds are a bit slower than others and to just give them time.
Meanwhile, the Dad would sit on the railing and sing away, trying to coax the little guy out. Finally after 1 1/2 days the little one decided to join the rest of his family and he too flew away. (You can see in the first photograph which one didn’t want to leave the nest, can’t you??)
They were just precious little babies. So cute, don’t you think?