Above is the female house finch pulling at the twigs of the dead plant. The photo is grainy because it was taken through the patio window (unable to use flash) in the dark of the morning with the sun still hidden behind the trees. She worked quite industriously for some time before she had success.
Ta da! I watched her go back and forth with twigs and sticks for some time. The bright red male would land on the railing of the deck, but made no effort to help. She seemed to be flying to the roof of my house and not into the woods, so I had to open the door to see where this architectural wonder was being constructed.
I actually recognize that green grass and know where it came from! The above photo shows one of the two speakers that we installed above the deck when we built this house so that we could listen to music from the player inside the house. It does not get as loud as the boombox from the teenager across the river, but if there is only competition from the birds, I can enjoy the style of music that I like. Except this discovery makes me think we will be limited in that enjoyment for a while!?
Above is the young "music loving" couple catching their breath as the morning moved on. The male gave a good impression of ignoring all the work the female was doing. There is always a sidewalk superintendent on every major project it seems!
"Hey Hun, do you need some help with that?"
"Ooops! I think you dropped some!"