Following our relaxing and wonderful two weeks at the Hemlocks, we returned to Salem for the rest of the summer.
Justin continued his baseball practice:
Swing and a miss!
And posed for the camera:
No more photos, please!
Granddad also came for a quick visit to help clean out and rearrange a few rooms, including Justin’s new “big brother” bedroom:
Testing swing height effects
A lot of trash gets hauled away…
Playing in his new room!
Other fun was had too!
A trip to the theatre to see “The Three Pigs” with Violet!
Spending a day as the “J-BOT 3000”
And, of course, Justin spent a lot of time helping us get the baby things ready for next month!
36 weeks (Justin took the photo!)
The birds are continuing to grow and now make a lot of noise at feeding time (which is most of the day). If Mama or Daddy bird notices us watching the nest while the babies are up and chirping, they’ll make two very quick chirps in a different voice than they usually use and the babies will immediately hide under the edge of the nest, perfectly quiet.
I suspect they’ll be grown and ready to fly while we’re on vacation. Hopefully an empty nest won’t be too hard to explain to Justin when we get back!
Mama and her hungry babies!
Mama (brown) and Daddy (red) house finch keeping a watchful eye on us...
We snuck a few pics at the baby birds today. They’re very cute – teeny tiny fuzzy balls with beaks as big as their heads. Also whenever we peak into the nest, the babies sense our shadows and start begging for food – they’re growing and hungry little fuzzy balls!
Justin is very careful to be quiet when we pass near them, since he’s decided they need to nap a lot (being babies). And he’s likes to watch to make sure Mama bird comes back when she flies away for a bit.
(And sorry for the weird photo quality – it was taken through both a screen and old glass!)
One bird has hatched. One egg was discarded. Two eggs still to go.
Having a nest in your flower basket makes it hard to water the flowers…
There are now 4 eggs in the flower basket nest. I’d take another photo, but don’t want to startle Mama bird again. Looking up Mama & eggs online, it appears we have a little house finch family. Fun!
While watering our flowers today, Justin and I found a nest in one of the hanging baskets:
Eggs in a nest in a basket
Mama bird watching me closely
Basket and nest returned to their proper location.
I tried to explain about keeping eggs in one basket, but Mama bird wasn’t having it…