Friday, July 3, 2015

House Finch Refections

This year we got to see not one, but two different House Finch bird families make their nest in our tree.  They even used the same nest, one family after the other.  Each time, from beginning to end, it was so fascinating to watch them grow.  (You could probably tell by the number of pictures I posted of them on Instagram.)  The tiny blue eggs hatched into little delicate pink fuzzy birds.  

Quickly they began to grow larger and look more bird-like.  It was not to long before they grew feathers and developed their loud chirping voice. 

All to soon they became to big to all fit in the nest together.  They were forced to find refuge in the tree limbs surrounding the nest until they were ready to try out their wings and fly!  All to fast, the mommy and daddy bird had an empty nest!

From the moment the babies hatched the mommy and daddy birds gathered food to bring to their babies continuously.  While the mommy bird spent most of her time in the nest, the daddy bird was always on a nearby fence or tree.  As I sat outside while my boys played, I had lots of opportunities to observe him.  The male house finch is a small handsome gray-brown bird with a bight red head and chest.  The daddy bird was always loudly singing a sweet song toward his babies while perched nearby.  It seemed to me that he was singing to his babies so that they could always hear his recognizable voice.  It was my favorite part to watch and think that the daddy was singing a lovely song to his babies throughout each day.  It became my daily joyous reminder that I too have a Father singing over me!

"The Lord your God is with you,
he is mighty to save,
He will take great delight in you,
he will quiet you with his love,
he will rejoice over you with singing."
Zephaniah 3:17

Photo taken from Merlin Bird ID app

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