JUST TWO WEEKS after a pair of finches set up housekeeping in the hanging flower pot outside our kitchen window, we've sighted a pair of hatchlings with a third chick on its way. Our view is limited to big eyes, bright beaks, and fuzzy heads. At first, the number of chicks was uncertain but now it's easy to count those hungry mouths.
It's great to watch the adult finches being such good parents -- building and tidying the nest, guarding the eggs from predators, and tending the needs of their new offspring. And now it's constant fetching and feeding as the little ones demand attention. Both parents take turns with the chores and the nest is rarely unattended.
The nest building continues as family grows. What began as a few twigs and leaves supporting tiny eggs, has now become an impressive home for the growing chicks. So far we've watched those fuzzy heads bobbing above the sides, but hopefully we'll see more of the newborns before they develop feathers and fly away.