The pitter-patter of little feet ON the house…

Well, we’ve got a bird family!  A couple of weeks ago, the fiancée noticed that birds had started building a nest in the wreath on the front door of the house.  We started to take it down before they settled in, but quickly put it back up when I spotted the eggs that had already been laid inside!

Fortunately, we haven’t scared off the parents, who are still buzzing in and out to take care of their nestlings, now hatched.  This afternoon, we put a stepladder off to the side of the nest and took a quick peek inside.  The fiancée saw the little hatchlings breathing:

nest

It was a really bad angle, and we didn’t want to get too close to the nest, but you can see what looks to be a little head and a beak!

What we don’t know is what kind of bird family we’ve got.  I managed to get a couple of long distance pictures of one of the culprits:

bird1

bird2

Any birders out there got an idea of what we’ve got?  The birds are relatively small, and I swear I saw a flash of red on the male.  Also, we live in the western Carolinas…

Ornithology update:  The fiancée caught a glimpse of the momma bird leaving the nest and now thinks that the bird pictured above isn’t the nest-owner.  She now thinks that we’ve got house finches, which is consistent with the red color I spotted on the male…

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4 Responses to The pitter-patter of little feet ON the house…

  1. The Ridger says:

    That on the roof is a mockingbird, highly unlikely to be the parent of nestlings like that – for one thing, they’d be harassing you like crazy. Also, not small and not red.

  2. Thanks! I was thinking (hoping) you might chime in! As I updated, we’re pretty sure now that we’ve got house finches, but I’m really glad to find out what it was I actually photographed!

  3. The Ridger says:

    Yes, that is certainly a house finch in the other post. And quite a gorgeous shot, too.

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