The New Tenants: Watch the Birdies!

Question of the day:   Are the baby finches crowding the last egg, or is it possible that Number Four has finally hatched?

To recap, the eggs were in the nest by May 23. The first one hatched on June 5, nine days ago, with Number Two following a day later. Then we had the mystery of whether Number Three had hatched or not; on Tuesday of this week, it appeared he’d finally shown up:

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Remembering the Others



I awoke this morning to news of the second celebrity this week to die by his or her own hand. When news of Kate Spade’s death broke, and now with Anthony Bourdain’s passing, newsfeeds and Twitter are flooded with images of the people and their work, as well as tributes by people who knew them, who were touched by them, or who simply enjoyed or admired what they put out into the world.

But there have been others. Too many others. The ones who depart not with fanfare, but with a whisper. The ones whose pain led them to slip quietly out the door of life, leaving only a handful of devastated mourners. Continue reading

The New Tenants: Third Bird’s the Charm–Or Is It?

Earlier today, I proclaimed the joyful news:

Number Three has hatched!


Number Four had better hurry up, because his siblings are hungry little buggers who will crowd him out to get to the food!


Several hours later, I checked the nest again, and I beheld this unexpected sight:

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So, what was going on earlier? Were these two little scoundrels sitting on the other eggs? Were they trying to hide their unhatched siblings, hogging the limelight (and lunch) for themselves?

Or did one of them go online, see the state of the world, and decide to crawl back into his shell? (Can’t really blame him for that, but it would be kind of weird, if only because the last time I checked, the WiFi signal didn’t reach outside. Also, birds can’t read.)

Stay tuned for the next episode of the avian world’s hottest new reality show, “Really, How Many Eggs Are There?”


The New Tenants: And Then There Were Two

The score is now tied at two and two (two hatched and two unhatched):

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The New Tenants: Family in Progress

Just a quick update to let you all know that the stork visited the Finch family yesterday. Here’s the latest arrival:

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“Feed me, Mama!”

Hope he’s enjoying his stint as an only child, getting Mama’s full attention as well as a peaceful place to hang out.

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The New Tenants, Part 3: A Puzzlement

So here’s a mystery. Last Thursday, the nest held five eggs.

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The New Tenants, Part 2

Here’s what I know so far.

First, my new tenants aren’t much for planning ahead. They moved in on Sunday. By Wednesday, this was happening: Continue reading