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Vanessa
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Currently reading: The Year That Changed Everything by Cathy Kelly
Interest in HF: The first historical novel I read was Katherine by Anya Seton and this sparked off my interest in this genre.
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Location: North Yorkshire, UK

Postby Vanessa » Tue May 17th, 2011, 9:13 am

We used to get birds nesting in our porch and we can still see the nests. Unfortunately our cats have put them off. We get swallows nesting in our out-building - quite pretty birds.
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Michy
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Postby Michy » Tue May 17th, 2011, 2:25 pm

"Vanessa" wrote:We used to get birds nesting in our porch and we can still see the nests. Unfortunately our cats have put them off. We get swallows nesting in our out-building - quite pretty birds.
This little bird picked the perfect spot for her nest -- it is in a light fixture by my front door, so when she is in the nest she is actually up inside the light fixture, compeltely sheltered from the weather. And I rarely go in and out the front door, so she has very little disturbance. (I haven't been turning on my light at night because I was afraid it might get too hot for her and her eggs, but that's ok, I can live without a porch light for a while :) ). I don't have any cats but even if I did, there's absolutely no way they could get to her nest. Once she is finished with her nest I will clear it out, but I do hope she decides to come back next spring. :)

I don't know what kind of birds they are -- very small and the female is plain gray (naturally), but the male has a white breast and a red head and neck.

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Vanessa
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Currently reading: The Year That Changed Everything by Cathy Kelly
Interest in HF: The first historical novel I read was Katherine by Anya Seton and this sparked off my interest in this genre.
Favorite HF book: Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell!
Preferred HF: Any
Location: North Yorkshire, UK

Postby Vanessa » Tue May 17th, 2011, 3:03 pm

They sound a bit like swallows. And it seems the sort of place where they'd nest. Don't they sometimes return to the same place the following year?
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Michy
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Postby Michy » Tue May 17th, 2011, 3:39 pm

No, they aren't swallows because the nest isn't mud (unless there's some variety of swallows who don't build mud nests - ?). You're right about swallows returning to the same place every year. I'm hopinig this little bird will be so happy with the perfect spot she chose that she'll return next year. I have enjoyed watching them.

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Vanessa
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Currently reading: The Year That Changed Everything by Cathy Kelly
Interest in HF: The first historical novel I read was Katherine by Anya Seton and this sparked off my interest in this genre.
Favorite HF book: Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell!
Preferred HF: Any
Location: North Yorkshire, UK

Postby Vanessa » Tue May 17th, 2011, 4:11 pm

A woodpecker?
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Michy
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Postby Michy » Tue May 17th, 2011, 4:22 pm

No, they're not woodpeckers, either. They're really small birds that have a warbling-type song. Very sweet. :)

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Vanessa
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Currently reading: The Year That Changed Everything by Cathy Kelly
Interest in HF: The first historical novel I read was Katherine by Anya Seton and this sparked off my interest in this genre.
Favorite HF book: Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell!
Preferred HF: Any
Location: North Yorkshire, UK

Postby Vanessa » Tue May 17th, 2011, 4:42 pm

I've had a look through my bird book and I can't see anything similar. It's not some sort of chaffinch/finch? There are house martins, too, but they don't have red heads I don't think.

If you do find out what they are, I'd be interested to know.
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Postby Michy » Tue May 17th, 2011, 5:03 pm

I looked up finches and chaffinches on Wikipedia, and none of the pictures match my little birds. So I have no idea what they are. I would love to know, though. Their eggs are a pale aqua color.

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Postby Michy » Tue May 17th, 2011, 5:33 pm

I think I've identified them. I belive they are Carpodacus mexicanus, or "house finch." :)

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Vanessa
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Currently reading: The Year That Changed Everything by Cathy Kelly
Interest in HF: The first historical novel I read was Katherine by Anya Seton and this sparked off my interest in this genre.
Favorite HF book: Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell!
Preferred HF: Any
Location: North Yorkshire, UK

Postby Vanessa » Tue May 17th, 2011, 5:46 pm

Glad you've solved the mystery. Finches are pretty little birds. We have a feeder just outside our living room window and like to watch them and I think we've had a few finches.
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