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Old 05-16-2011, 06:49 PM
 
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When the rain started tonight I went to take down my hanging baskets from the porch so I could set them out for a drink. As soon as I touched the bottom of one of them, a tiny bird came flitting out! I thought she was just sheltering from the rain, but when I looked at the plant there was a beautiful nest full of gorgeous eggs!

I did not touch the nest or the plant, only the pot and the hook from which it hangs. I held the pot long enough to snap a picture with my phone and immediately hung it back up. Will the momma bird return? Also, if anyone has had a similar situation, how did you handle watering the plant? I don't want to harm the eggs in any way, including scaring the momma away, but I am most concerned that their shelter doesn't die off.

Any advice? I don't know anything about birds, other than the fact that I love them!!
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Old 05-16-2011, 07:01 PM
 
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The mama will return as long as you stay away. It wont take long for the babies to hatch . Some birds use the same nest several times so after the first batch is gone you may want to remove the nest if it isn't in a good spot.
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Old 05-16-2011, 07:20 PM
 
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I say sacrifice your plant for the little darlings:

don't water!
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Old 05-16-2011, 07:25 PM
 
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I say sacrifice your plant for the little darlings:

don't water!
I would be fine with sacrificing the plant, but will they stay if it dies? I just don't want the plant to die and have the babies be exposed. Of course I don't want to scare momma away by messing with the pot too much either!
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Old 05-16-2011, 07:26 PM
 
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The mama will return as long as you stay away. It wont take long for the babies to hatch . Some birds use the same nest several times so after the first batch is gone you may want to remove the nest if it isn't in a good spot.
Good! I don't mind having the nest there, just concerned that I do the right thing.
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Old 05-16-2011, 07:45 PM
 
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Im still waiting on the pics

What about using a spray bottle for the plant or buy one of those globe looking things that you put in the soil for the plant.
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Old 05-16-2011, 07:50 PM
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The cute little house finches build nests in my hanging ferns every summer. When I get near the plants with my watering can, momma flies away. I check to see where the nest is located and gently water from the opposite side each time. Although the plants don't get as much water and attention they really need, they get just enough to survive and momma always returns. At times I have even taken the plants down and set them on the porch to water and hung them back up (before the birds hatch). Now I will point out that when the babies get larger, I stay away. I don't want to scare them out of the nest. During this time I do worry my plants will die, but before you know it, they are gone. As much as I enjoy them, I'm always glad by the time they leave. But just when I think the coast is clear, a new family moves in! No ferns for me this year. I'm taking a break!
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Old 05-16-2011, 08:09 PM
 
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Im still waiting on the pics

What about using a spray bottle for the plant or buy one of those globe looking things that you put in the soil for the plant.
I have a non-smart phone so I don't know how to post the pics! I will try to get one tomorrow with my regular camera if I can. I was already thinking I could climb up on a stepladder so I won't disturb them.

CVP, I think they are finches! Maybe the pics will help identify.
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Old 05-16-2011, 08:23 PM
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Mom & Dad Finch keeping an eye on me while watering last year. It is disruptive to them, so I get in and out quickly!
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Old 05-17-2011, 12:37 AM
 
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This happens to me almost every year.

They are house finches. You will see two adult birds guarding the nest. One will be brown all over, the other will have a reddish chest. The red one is the male, the browner one is female. They take turns watching over the nest, keeping the eggs warm, and once the babies are hatched, getting food. They are dedicated parents, and if anyone (human or animal) comes near they will fly to a close-by spot to watch and warn with loud chirps. (They will try to attack and chase off other birds, but will leave you alone.)

It is important to make sure the plant doesn't die because they are obviously using it for protection. You have to figure that if the nest were in a tree, it would get rained on, but it would drain out. So you can water the plant VERY gently. What I generally do is get a step stool rather than take the plant down. Then pour water into the side and watch very carefully that it doesn't flood the nest. If you can, try to do it about the same time every day or few days, and the parents should get reasonably used to you doing it. They won't like it, and they will tell you so. Loudly. But it will be okay as long as you are very careful.

Once the eggs hatch, it will be about 10-14 days until the baby birds are ready to fly. You will hear lots of loud peeping out of your plant several times a day.

Also after they hatch, things will start to get messy in there. Little birds don't poop inside the nest -- they back themselves up to the edge and do their business over it. So expect a good amount of waste in there after about 2 weeks. Be forewarned, depending on the plant, this may or may not be a healthy thing for it. Once the babies have fledged, you may have some housekeeping to do if you want to keep the plant.

Here's some pics of the brood I hosted last year in my impatiens. They were so much fun to watch! On the day after I took the last pic, I went outside to water and WOOSH -- four little birdies burst out of the plant and flew to the roof of the house across the street. I was so proud of them!

Brand new:


Feed me!


Getting some feathers:


Eyes are open!


Almost ready to fly:
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