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Parents removing items

by Tracy
(Leavenworth, KS)

This is a very interesting image. I sat on the deck for a few hours watching both parents feeding the chicks.


However, this picture caught me by surprise. Instead of feeding the babies, she was actually removing something.

I saw this 3 times in the few hours I was watching them. Anybody know what she might be removing? It doesn't look like an egg shell.

I also noticed, around the time I was taking this picture, that I was getting scolded by one of the parents.

Apparently they didn't like me taking so many pictures. I know I was being scolded because she did the same chirping a few other times while I was about 5 feet away painting my deck.

When you're around the same family for several weeks, and seeing them so often, you get to know the sounds. I just hope I get to see them fly off.

Which leads me to another question. Once the young fly out of the nest, do they ever return for any reason (other than maybe to return next year for another nesting) ?

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Aug 03, 2015
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Returning Nestlings
by: Gene

Sorry I wasn't clear. I was referring to her House Wren. House Wrens do not return to bird houses after fledging.

Aug 02, 2015
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I Disagree
by: Jody

I disagree about wrens never returning to their nest after leaving. An entire wren family--parents and five babies--continued to return to their hanging planter nest under my patio off and on for about a month. It was amusing to watch the babies as they learned to fly back into the nest with their skill improving each time they returned. By dark, when all babies were safe and secure, the parents would fly off leaving them for the night.



Jun 13, 2015
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Return after fledge
by: Randall

I watched 4 fledglings leave the nest, the fifth was reluctant till a parent returned an hour later and persuaded a late fledge. Later that day a parent and juvenile returned and started removing sticks and feathers, then spent the day refilling the nest.

Prepping for second nesting or showing youngster a skill?
Thanks

Jul 28, 2014
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What The Wren Is Removing
by: Gene

Hi Tracy,

The Wren is removing the fecal sac from the young. Their waste is contained in a gelatin like sac.

Many of our backyard birds deal with the waste in this manner. It keeps the nest cleaner but more importantly it keeps the odors down which would attract predators.

The young will not return to the nest site after fledging.

Gene
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