We live in a rural area and the mailboxes are all in a row at the end of the street.  With the mailboxes are antiquated newspaper boxes.  We don’t even have a local paper here anymore so no one uses the boxes – except, as I found out today, birds.

I didn’t think to take a photo of our actual row of mailboxes… but this is similar. The newspaper boxes are the rectangular cubes below the mailboxes.


I drove down to the stand of mailboxes, got out of my car and walked around the newspaper box end of our row of mailboxes.  Like a flash, this brown thing whizzed by my chest.


And then I heard them… little peeps coming from one of the newspaper bins.  So I looked inside and YES, there were two tiny, itty bitty, just hatched little dinosaur looking baby birds, screaming for their mother who had just flown the coop.   She had constructed her nest in the back of one of these obsolete newspaper boxes.

OMG!  I had to get out of there fast so Mom would come back.  I quickly snapped two pics and left.

So, these are very bad photos… of a successful brood in an abandoned newspaper box.

I think the Mom was a house finch.

There was one in the nest who ducked down when I took this pic… and the other, I think, got knocked out of the upper nest when Mom flew out. He was making the most noise. I sure hope she gets him back into the proper nest. They are inside of a white, rectangular, plastic newspaper box.

He was quiet once he got used to me being there…

Mom looked like this house finch which are common in our area.

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