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Lesson 1252 – It’s a baby chick(s)!!!!

Big news in our household!

Remember when I put up this sign:


Because a family of House Finches had nested in this: (I know, I know, my bad for keeping up Holiday decorations well past the season) Continue reading


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Lesson 1250 – Be careful, little mama

I know I’ve been a little erratic on the blog lately, please bear with me – it’s a combination of the last week of classes, upcoming finals, syllabus preparation for my summer class, work, and trying to learn all I can about best forestry practices in New Hampshire. (yup a local forester told me I needed to read some books on forestry when I challenged some of his decisions … so I did) while continuing to write articles and documents.

Been a little busy of late.

But I want to keep you updated on our mama bird in the holiday wreath situation.

She is alive and well. Marc took these photos this morning.

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We’re still trying to use the backdoor as much as possible, but I’ve also been trying to get mama bird used to people *quietly* using the front door. When I go out that way, I try to open the door slowly and I avoid eye contact. Opening the door slowly makes less noise.

Avoiding eye contact makes me feel like I’m being sneaky.

So far, so good.

We saw the male this past weekend and I was surprised to see that he had red on his head and chest. A quick look in our bird book and we were able to identify this lovely family as belonging to a house finch.

I’ve read that some of these smaller birds can have 2 sets of chicks in a season. They hatch one group, get them flying on their own, and then they lay a new clutch of eggs.

Be careful with that strategy little mama, if you’re not careful, you’re going to still have kids in high school when your friends already have their empty nests.

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Wendy Thomas writes about the lessons learned while raising children and chickens in New Hampshire. Contact her at Wendy@SimpleThrift.com

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