Perhaps the highlight of this long winter has been keeping track of the daily changes going on inside. I usually get a more complete picture on Friday nights when I clean the living room and swap out dirty cages for clean ones. Getting a feel for the youngsters’ progress, and the general health of the flock, makes the cleaning chore something I look forward to.
Like snowbound romantics, the adult finches have been nesting and reproducing apace. I may have already lost count. There are four new Zebra Finches as of last week, in addition to the original five which are nearly grownup.
It will take a while before I can name any of the Zebra Finch kids that have turned out to be males, but here’s a little video of the oldest one from last week. His song was still pretty shaky. Today it’s beginning to take shape.
The Zebra Finches are turning out in different shades which makes them even more interesting. I have never had champagne-colored Zebra Finches before and now I have two. Below is the newest one, with two siblings in different shades of gray.
It’s hard to get decent pictures during the day with the light pouring through the front windows but the basic idea here was just to show maybe half of the birds at one time.
As for the two birds not finches, my remaining Budgie and the Diamond Dove, I did manage to capture Blue and Dudlee preening each other in the video below about a month ago. There were a few nights spent together as well before Dudlee went back to sitting on her plastic egg nest in the kitchen. On days I go to work I carry her, sitting on the nest, out to the dining room and put her behind the sheet covering the hutch so she has privacy. When I come home at night she’s flying around, cooing and making sure I don’t forget to put her nest back in the kitchen.
In general, the kitchen is everybody’s favorite room. I don’t know if it’s because it’s forbidden territory when I’m at work or if everybody just likes being where the food comes from, or a bit of both.
On the Society Finch front, after Trevor and Tina created Treasure, who has since turned out to be a male following his father’s singing tradition, Trevor produced eight more through his couplings with Phoenix and Rikki. Seven have survived, and I heard a little subsong going on today with at least one of them.
The Society Finches live up to their name much of the time and hang out together in a tight grouping. What’s perhaps funniest is to see them all piled into a nest together for the night.
I will be back with some pictures from the weekend’s local birder winter social event, the Gull Frolic, after I manage to sort through them all, which could take some time as I try in desperation to figure out what isn’t a Herring Gull.
Your photos are always so fun..love all your birds…
Thanks so much, Syl. They are characters!
So you’re running a “secret society” in your home Lisa! Your avian family is growing at a fast rate for what I can see. You must be happy! 🙂
I’m happy and I’m crazy wondering when to put a stop to all of it. But for the moment it’s fun and fascinating. Thanks, HJ! 🙂
The napping society finches are the epitome of charm.
On what was once a copper pot-rack, no less. Thank you. 🙂
OMG, so cute, I want one. 🙂 I’ve thought about having a couple birds, but we are too much on the go, never home. Loved your post and seeing all the great photos of your extended family. Loved HJ’s ‘secrety society’ comment too, lol.
Lot’s going at your place! I love that video of your two non-finches preening each other.
I wish it was better quality but I think I just grabbed my cell phone when I saw them sitting up there together. I had seen them preen each other in a cage but that’s not worth trying to capture. It is funny because they’re such different species – she has that long, narrow bill and he has the hook bill – but that didn’t stop them! 🙂
Perfect! I love the crowded house photo, at least it looks warm and cozy in there.
Thanks, Frank! No kidding, if we are anything we’re warm and cozy. I gave the Societies a nest that’s about twice the size and now they have all piled in that one. Still have four heads poking out looking at me. 🙂