A Chipping Sparrow has decided to make a nest in a spot in the garden where you cannot avoid walking right by. On a arch covered with New Dawn roses that separates two parts of the garden, it has built a little cup, a bit more than a meter off the ground. I read that they are not particularly afraid of humans, and it seems so. Even when you walk right by, she stays on the nest and does not seem overly nervous.
|The arch with the nest|
In an old bird book (Taverner's Birds of Eastern Canada, 1919) the author says that they are sometimes called the hair bird because they use a lot of horse hair in their nests. Well, there is no horse around, but the nest still has a fair bit of hair in it. Dog hair we think. We had a dog visiting last week and, without knowing it, Sunny seems to have contributed to this nest building effort. You can just see two of the pale blue eggs below.
|Pale Blue Eggs of the Chipping Sparrow|
In actual fact the spot they chose to build is perhaps not as bad as it would seem. Humans won't interfere with them, and except for raccoons, no other animal can get into the garden. Squirrels and chipmunks could interfere, but we do not have any this year (too many predators last winter). Last time I was able to look, there were four eggs. If you click on the following picture to enlarge it, you can just see her sitting on the nest right by the post, in the middle of the picture.
We will wish them good luck!