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House Finch nesting help! (1 Viewer)

PDS63

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I have a House Finch couple who built their nest in a hanging fern on my porch. I was able to install a camera over the nest the evening before she started laying eggs. The male was around and very excited during nest building but hasn't been around for a while. She had four eggs and then one day she had two. Then it seems she laid another so there are three. I think she's been trying to incubate them for several days but the male has not been around. She has only briefly left her nest the last two days and I think she goes to find the mate because it seems he follows her back. But he doesn't stay around and I do not see him coming to feed her at all. I'm concerned that he has abandoned her. Another couple is building a nest in one of my other hanging ferns. I do not disturb them and do not use that door to enter my house. Anyone know what may be going on?
 

KC Foggin

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Just a thought but how big/wide is the camera lens. Could it be possible that the male is seeing its reflection and assuming it's another male over the nest?

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PDS63

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Just a thought but how big/wide is the camera lens. Could it be possible that the male is seeing its reflection and assuming it's another male over the nest?

I see this is your first post so a warm welcome to you from those of us on staff here at BirdForum (y)
We're glad you found us and please join in wherever you like ;)

If you don't mind, could you keep us updated on the outcome to this situation?
Thank you for your reply, it's a small camera and hanging a few feet above the Nest. I don't think seeing a reflection on it would even be possible. But thanks for the comment! I'll keep everyone updated
 

KC Foggin

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Thank you for your reply, it's a small camera and hanging a few feet above the Nest. I don't think seeing a reflection on it would even be possible. But thanks for the comment! I'll keep everyone updated

Thanks much PDS! ;)
 

PYRTLE

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If the male follows her back then it's unlikely he has abandoned the nest. He's probably watching from a nearby position and thus avoiding drawing any unwanted attention from a likely predator of eggs or an incubating parent. Sitting birds do leave the nest for a short while to have a drink and quick "brush up". Further mating probably also occurs to complete the clutch and continue pair bonding The odd thing is the disappearance of two eggs from a clutch of four - did the camera record how this occurred?
 
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