finch nest on gazebo

Finding the perfect spot,
rent-free, it’s quite a
delight to watch their
construction take shape

They flit and flutter,
occasionally carrying
out a balancing act
on a wire even higher
than their home

He looks dashing in
his red-vested tux,
and she glows in her
mother-to-be way

With their private little
home, only tiny heads
can be seen – one, then
two, but soon there will
be a complete family

Lauren Scott © 2018

This post ties into the one prior, Sweet & Cute Factor, from yesterday (June 2nd). If you haven’t already seen it, please check it out. I think you’ll enjoy. In this photo is the finch nest that ‘our’ adorable little pair created on the gazebo, tucked in and too high for us to take a peek, though. 

And just a few moments ago, to our delight, the daddy eyed the bowl of water we placed on the bar. He sat on the back of the bar chair, contemplating his next move. Surprisingly, he hopped onto the side of the bowl, perched himself comfortably, and indulged in a cool sip. I’m sure it felt heavenly, since the temperature today is in the low nineties. Sadly, the photo I took didn’t turn out, so you’ll have to use your imaginations. 🙂

Hope you enjoyed this addition to the finch tale, and to be continued…


40 thoughts on “Houseguests

  1. Awww, sweet! And I bet he was happy to find the water. (Wow, it’s hot there – whew!) It’ll be fun to watch them over the next few weeks.
    Hope you’re able to stay cool and comfortable. Only 65 degrees here….
    Hugs! 💛🐦😊

    1. It was so cool (no pun intended) to witness him hopping on the bowl and taking a drink. I wish my photo had turned out. From where I’m sitting now, I can see the top of their heads in the nest, but that’s it. I hope when the baby chicks come, we’ll be able to tell, maybe by hearing them…
      Yep, we had a heatwave over the weekend, but it’ll be back down in the mid 70’s this week, which is perfect for me. 🙂 Even 65 degrees is fine!
      p.s. I finally dove into my manuscript and finished editing what I had, but now I have to add more poems, then organize. It feels good to have started, at least. 🙂
      Happy Monday, my friend, and big hugs! 💕🌷😍

      1. No doubt you’ll hear them, and the level of activity will become crazy as the parents fly in and out to feed them. Birds always fascinate me – they’re such devoted parents. 😍
        So glad you’re getting into your book editing and selecting poems. Can’t wait to see it when it’s finished!
        Hope you’ve had a good Monday!
        Hugs ❤️💞🌸😄

      2. You’re right about the activity, and yesterday my car mirrors were absolutely yucky from daddy fighting his reflection. We’ll have to end that somehow because you should’ve seen the mess…not very pretty. 🙂 You’re right, the book editing is time-consuming, but it’ll feel good to be finished. Then I have to do some publisher researching. 🙂 Can’t wait to see your book, too! Many hugs, my dear friend…❤🌼🌷🌸

      3. Lauren, I can imagine the mess! Sounds like you need to put towels over your mirrors.
        Keep me posted on your book progress! (Am waiting in suspense to see the proof on mine.)
        Tuesday hugs! 💞😄🌸

  2. Isn’t it wonderful to have an animal bond with you, or as in the case of birds to develop trust over time to accept your offerings? I’ve seen YouTube videos of wild animals that are normally a real danger to mankind having been bought up with humans are docile and loving.

    1. It was wonderful, to say the least, to watch him drink from our bowl. We honestly didn’t think he would, but gave him some time to think about it. 🙂 I’ve seen similar videos, which is amazing. Thanks for your comment, Ian!

    1. Thanks, Indira, for your kind words about my poem, and it was so hot outside that we thought a bowl of water would be good. We weren’t sure if they’d go for it, but were so happy to see daddy indulge. 🙂

  3. Lauren, I love your sweet and beautiful poem. So true to life and with
    humour in. I would have sat and dreamt like you.
    As to getting daddy to drink I have tried the same trick. It is wonderful when they trust you.

    1. Thanks so much, Miriam, for your lovely words about my poem. It’s been such a delight to watch this pair, and I hope we’ll know when the babies come. I assume we might hear them…and yes, it was an awe-inspiring moment when we saw daddy hop on the bowl and drink from it. So glad you enjoyed. 🙂 💗🌷

  4. Aww – such a lovely poem and don’t worry – I’ve got lots of imagination and can picture it all perfectly in my mind. 😄 And thanks for reminding me to add a small bowl of water next to the one holding the peanuts for my blue titmouse family!! 😄💖🐦

    1. Thanks so much, Sarah, and I know you’d have no problem imagining the scene. 🙂 I wish the photo would’ve turned out though, but I took it from inside the house in a hurry. I think we both were so surprised that he actually went for the water. So, give it a try. 🙂 Hope your Monday has been a good one! Or maybe it’s Tuesday? I forget the time zone. Big hugs! ❤🕰😊

      1. I think I´m 6-9 hours ahead of you. 😉
        Have a beautiful Tuesday, Lauren and I look forward to more lovely pics of your new houseguests! Big hugs!! 🙂 xoxo ❤

  5. They should be safe up there, away from any cats or anything else. Maybe you could use one of those selfie-sticks to peak into their nest.

  6. Ahhh…Lauren, this is so beautiful, watching the beginning of the family. All safe and ready for the little ones and I’mg glad they found the water kindly left for them! You’ve written some lovely characteristics into this and I can quite imagine the bird with ‘his red-vested tux’! Enjoy the happenings!

    1. Thanks so much, Annika! We actually took photos of the nest last night when the parents were out feeding, and there are four eggs. It’s pretty cool, but the only downfall is that daddy continues to play on our car side mirrors making big messes. 🙂 We’re covering them with paper bags or parking elsewhere for the time being. Hope all is well with you. I’m behind on blogging because I’m working on a 3rd poetry manuscript, but will read more this weekend. I don’t want to miss your posts. 🙂 Don’t you wish there were more hours in a day sometimes? Anyway, have a wonderful weekend. Love and hugs 🌼❤🌻

      1. Oh yes, Lauren – time seems to fly faster each year and days pass in a blink! I so far haven’t invented a way to squeeze more out of them – however I’ve been blogging less as I concentrate on writing and editing. It’s always lovely to have you visiting when you have a chance. Good luck with your poetry manuscript – how exciting! Happy Weekend! xx

      2. When you do find a way to squeeze more hours, let me know. Between blogging, writing short stories, and working on the manuscript, oh, and life…there’s not enough time! I know you understand. xoxo

  7. Since we moved into our apartment about 20 years – we’ve had a steady stream of birds building nests on branches right outside our bedroom window. And yes, several little hatchlings which have, over the years, matured and returned to start new families.

    Peace and blessings, dear friend,

  8. Love your poem! Enjoy your boarders. I hope they learn to clean up after themselves. It will be fun to see the baby birds when they arrive. Love and hugs.

    1. Thanks again, my friend! I don’t think daddy does cleaning. 🙂 I moved my car, so he found my daughter’s car. She covered her mirror, then he found her window! It’s fine, though – a little nature entertainment. Love and hugs back!

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