Finding Home with a Bunch of Ferners

This year, two families of house finches, Haemorhous mexicanus, decided that our Pyrrosia fern baskets were the perfect place to raise their young. Two of three baskets outside our bedroom are filled with the sounds of youngsters, constantly bugging their parents for another happy meal. It usually takes less than two weeks from birth to flight, so perhaps they’ll soon be on their own and the constant chatter will diminish. At least the baskets will be organically well-fertilized.

House Finch, Haemorhous mexicanus, nesting in a hanging basket

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