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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