When I walked down my front steps, I had an encounter with a very small chocolate brown bird, with a bright red head. It flew two circles around my head, darted off, then returned to hover very close to my face, almost hummingbird-like, as if were wanting a closer look to check me out.
I thought it was a Finch at first, because of it's very small size, but now after looking at pictures, i think maybe it is a Tanager. We have some Tanagers around here, although they look a little different and have the red but no brown. Very cool looking bird, whatever it is.
I was baffled by why it would want to fly so close to check me out, even entertained the thought, i'm such a nice guy even the wildlife around here loves me.
Later in the evening, when i opened the front door, i discovered what the heck was going on. It had built a nest in the front porch light fixture, only about two feet from the door.
I had removed the beveled glass panes from the fixture for cleaning, and forgot to do that, and forgot to put the glass panes back in. Now it's too late, until the eggs hatch and little guys get old enough to fly away.
I don't mind, i guess, as long as they don't drop anything on any visitors, but when i opened the door, it freaked out and ran into the wall several times before it flew low enough to leave the porch. I think she may have a terrible headache now.
What a nut, we have plenty of bushes and trees that would have been better locations for raising a brood of young redheaded nutbirds.