Join for FREE
It only takes a minute!
Zeiss - Always on the lookout for something special – Shop now

Welcome to BirdForum.
BirdForum is the net's largest birding community, dedicated to wild birds and birding, and is absolutely FREE! You are most welcome to register for an account, which allows you to take part in lively discussions in the forum, post your pictures in the gallery and more.

Birding roosting on porch light

Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread
Old Wednesday 5th December 2012, 03:18   #1
rluper
Registered User

 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Colorado Springs
Posts: 6
Birding roosting on porch light

Hello all,

So last few weeks I've noticed a bird keeps sleeping on my porch light. Looks like a female house finch and until I googled it I was very surprised it was even here since it is starting to cold here in Colorado Springs.

I am not sure what I should do about it. I don't mind it roosting there but poop is starting to collect which is somewhat annoying...

If I put a bird house nearby you think it would go there instead? You think it may come back in spring to nest there? It's kind of out in open, not best nest location.

Also any worries of mites (I've seen "Infested") during winter, I doubt it.

Unfortunately I most likely will end up scaring it away soon if it keeps coming back. (it's actually out there now, I opened the door earlier this evening and saw it puffed up looking like it just woke up lol).

Cool bird though.
-Reggie


ps: I also have a rabbit in my back yard that likes to chill in the afternoons.. I'm too ncie to scare it away and actually think its cool.
rluper is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Wednesday 5th December 2012, 03:51   #2
etudiant
Registered User
BF Supporter 2018

 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: New York
Posts: 4,103
Hi Reggie,

Your porch light might be the warmest spot around, which would be critical for this small bird in a Colorado winter. A bird box which offers wind shelter probably would be preferred, maybe leave in some old pine needles to act as insulation padding. Obviously some food, suet or sunflower seed and even more so some water, just a drip is enough, would be very welcome.
etudiant is offline  
Reply With Quote

BF Supporter 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 Support BirdForum With A Donation

Old Wednesday 5th December 2012, 04:26   #3
rluper
Registered User

 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Colorado Springs
Posts: 6
Yeah I figured it was warmer for it.. though to me that means my front door is leaking warm air!! lol.

I will look around for a small bird house and will put it up and see what happens. M
rluper is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Wednesday 5th December 2012, 06:51   #4
etudiant
Registered User
BF Supporter 2018

 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: New York
Posts: 4,103
Quote:
Originally Posted by rluper View Post
Yeah I figured it was warmer for it.. though to me that means my front door is leaking warm air!! lol.

I will look around for a small bird house and will put it up and see what happens. M
Your guest may still have ulterior motives.
I've had a House Finch nesting on top of the porch light in Connecticut. The back door of the house got a lot of use that year.
They do sing sweetly though.
etudiant is offline  
Reply With Quote

BF Supporter 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 Support BirdForum With A Donation

Old Saturday 8th December 2012, 18:06   #5
rluper
Registered User

 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Colorado Springs
Posts: 6
Another Question:

I bought a birdhouse so hopefully it uses it versus light but it says its really for a a wren. Most housefinch made houses are rectangular and tall.... will the finch you think still like the birdhouse I got?
rluper is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Sunday 9th December 2012, 01:18   #6
etudiant
Registered User
BF Supporter 2018

 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: New York
Posts: 4,103
Quote:
Originally Posted by rluper View Post
Another Question:

I bought a birdhouse so hopefully it uses it versus light but it says its really for a a wren. Most housefinch made houses are rectangular and tall.... will the finch you think still like the birdhouse I got?
The main concern would be to check the size of the entry hole.
House finches are bigger than wrens and need a 1 3/8th inch or more diameter entry, while wrens do ok with just a 1 inch opening.
Birds generally don't care much about the shape of the nest box, but they were built tall so that starlings and jays, who do not fit the entry, could not raid the nest by just sticking in their head. More important for the bird is a safe location, sheltered from the worst of the sun or wind. Even there, remember the bird is used to raising its young in pretty marginal surroundings, so if the nest is out of easy reach by cats and such, it will look good.
etudiant is offline  
Reply With Quote

BF Supporter 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 Support BirdForum With A Donation

Old Sunday 9th December 2012, 06:41   #7
rluper
Registered User

 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Colorado Springs
Posts: 6
Thanks for the info. I'll check the hole size tomorrow. I just got home from work (11p local) and the bird definitely is sleeping in same place, he didn't see or like the nest enough to sleep in it. Oh well, maybe it is just warmer in the corner where he is. I'll make sure hole is good size for it and then just leave it there hopefully in the future the bird will move in.

Thanks again.
-reggie
rluper is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Thursday 13th December 2012, 00:55   #8
rluper
Registered User

 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Colorado Springs
Posts: 6
Silly bird. I got a different birdhouse and it has a 1.5" opening and faces east so she would be protected but this bird is stubborn. I even placed it on the wall just outside door.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	finch.jpg
Views:	306
Size:	70.3 KB
ID:	419073  
rluper is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Thursday 13th December 2012, 03:26   #9
etudiant
Registered User
BF Supporter 2018

 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: New York
Posts: 4,103
Quote:
Originally Posted by rluper View Post
Silly bird. I got a different birdhouse and it has a 1.5" opening and faces east so she would be protected but this bird is stubborn. I even placed it on the wall just outside door.
She is not stupid.
Given a choice in winter between a floor heated bedroom and a cold dark box, she is choosing comfort.
Seriously, your setup looks very attractive for a small bird, nicely sheltered from above and the side. I'm not sure what would make her move voluntarily at this time of the year.
etudiant is offline  
Reply With Quote

BF Supporter 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 Support BirdForum With A Donation

Old Saturday 2nd February 2013, 02:24   #10
Denversuz
Registered User

 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Denver Colorado
Posts: 25
Nice picture....and a very happy bird it seems...
We have a LOT of house finches. I counted 80 recently for a backyard bird count.....ours seem to roost in large evergreens.
But have to say your set up does apear much nicer. We had a bird sleep on our porch light earlier this fall, but only for a couple of nights.
Denversuz is offline  
Reply With Quote
Advertisement
Reply


Thread Tools
Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Barnegat Light birding 1kenari New Jersey 2 Thursday 30th December 2010 02:48
Coffee on the porch teircel Your Birding Day 2 Saturday 1st July 2006 19:06
Wasps in porch gary jb Insects, Dragonflies, Arachnids, Beetles & More 11 Wednesday 21st September 2005 07:30
feeders on balcony/porch? Sol_S Garden Birds, Bird Feeding & Nestboxes 11 Tuesday 24th May 2005 07:10
Help! Barn Swallows on my porch rita205 Birds & Birding 1 Sunday 20th June 2004 23:34



Fatbirder's Top 1000 Birding Websites

Help support BirdForum

Page generated in 0.16262293 seconds with 23 queries
All times are GMT. The time now is 17:05.