Wrens & Finches sharing Swallows' nest -- What's going on?

by carol
(lawrenceville, ga)

I'm in Lawrenceville, GA. Every spring swallows nest on our front porch and we leave the nests for the next year.

Over this past winter, including just last night, a pair of Carolina wrens have slept in one of the swallows' nests at night. For the past 3 or 4 weeks, a house finch couple has been flying in and out during the day, sometimes with nesting material, sometimes just resting there. This morning the lady finch was sitting in the nest with her mate close by in a mini Japanese maple. When they flew off for a bit, I peeked in the nest with a hand mirror and saw a single blue egg. I'm fascinated by these 2 different birds dividing the day and night and sharing the nest! Can anyone tell me what's this about and if you've seen this before?

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Apr 05, 2018
Finches in a swallows nest
by: Annette

We had finch babies one year in a swallows nest, and then the swallows moved in and nested with their babies. They have been coming back to the same nest for twenty years. We have at present another pair of finches scouting the nest for a second time. We shall see how it all plays out.

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