THERE IS A NEW NEST! I think House Finch, but not sure…






The Office Nest that has been on the downspout outside my office was used already this year… and the babies just fledged.  I looked today and there were no new eggs.  Honestly, someone needs to fortify the nest or remodel it… it kinda looks a mess.

However, when I was cleaning the donkey paddock today, I was dive bombed and squawked at non-stop.

Hmmmm.  Was there a nest somewhere?

I looked around and lo and behold… a nest!  A very NICE nest indeed!  This one was constructed like a civil engineer was at the helm.  Not only does it have many different materials that are quite impressive, but it includes AND ENTIRE TREE BRANCH, which I found fascinating.

You see, last year, there was a nest in this exact same spot.  However, it fell.  So, this year, the design engineer added a new support system and I like it!

To top it off, 4 eggs!!  This is very exciting.

The only bummer is that I could never get a look at the birds who were pelting me as I cleaned.  So I am not sure if they are House Finches.  But the eggs look similar so I assume that they are House Finches.  We have a lot of them because I feed them all the time.  Hubby says that I’m creating a false sense of security but I say that the seeds will always be there unless I die.  So there.

PHOTOJOURNAL

The next is in the donkey shelter on the alley side next to the Mulberry tree and the Poplar. Plenty of shade. Smart choice. Notice the branch that anchors the nest.

The next is 12′ up… so I’m teetering on a fence board (with dive bombing parents) to show you this nest.

With my arm outstretched to the tippy-tip, I took this photo of the 4 eggs. As you can see, two of them have crack marks from little beaks!

I included this shot so that you can see the detail in the nest. They used landscaping fabric, horse and donkey hair, thick weed sticks, foxtails, cottonwood tree cotton… very well executed.

This is the Office Nest in the downspout. Clearly it has seen better days. I wonder if anyone will come in and fix it up…?


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OUR DONATION RECEIPT to Rood and Riddle ER Equine hospital for July’s Bucket Fund Foal, Little Gus, who sadly, did not survive.






It is so sad to write this because Gus didn’t make it…  (Read updated post on Gus here) but also uplifting that we are helping Heart of Phoenix Rescue with their vet bills for Gus.  The Horse and Man Group helping HPR, allows for more horses to be rescued.

In less than 24 hours of fund raising, we were able to donate $1100 to Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital for little Gus.

Thank you, everyone, for coming together with prayers and donations.  THANK YOU.

EVERYONE did everything they could to help him… And, internally, he would have recovered. But something happened to his front leg tendons and ligaments. He was unable to stand for long periods and he would not have been able to carry his own weight as he grew.

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