On my deck there is a huge tubular Vase, on top is a planter with dried flowers..my pup went bonkers yesterday, sniffing and barking at the planter...I searched the planter, nothing there.
BUT,when I lifted the planter, deep deep inside the vase was a wren nest and 6 babies chirping away. I was in awe. Never would I have known this nest was there if my pup hadn't discovered it.
What was this mommy and daddy bird thinking? They are well protected and even let me stand nearby as they deliver breakfast, lunch and dinner to their young.
The only concern I have is how on earth are these babies going to fly out of the deep vase... Nature is glorious and some animals take care of their young better than humans...that's my story and I'm sticking to it.
Louise Vitelli Hopewell Junction N.Y. ***z-InfolinksC-2***
A few weeks ago my husband discovered a nest underneath his Lawnmower seat, but didn't think anything of it. A week later he mowed the lawn, not even remembering that it was there.
When he was done he checked under his seat to find 5 eggs inside the nest. He was a little worried that all the jostling around from the lawnmower might have hurt them (our yard isn't flat, it's hilly and full of mole hills).
Luckily we now know that the eggs were not harmed by the ride they took, because when he came home two weeks later and checked, there were five baby birds nestled all cozy in the nest. They are adorable! I had been keeping an eye out on the lawnmower every time I was outside and had noticed either mom or dad flying back and forth to the nest.
Now though, the grass is getting tall, but we are unable to mow it! Looks like we're going to have to let the yard go for awhile before we're able to mow it again. Hopefully we won't get a lot of rain so our yard doesn't become a prairie in the making while we wait for these birds to leave the nest.
Every time we went past a partially used bag of dirt a wren would fly out. Finally we peeked inside the bag, which was sitting on an an empty barrel, and saw the wren next with two eggs. Recently one egg hatched.
It is such a busy thoroughfare that the mom is constantly flying out of the bag. The other night she rested in the bird feeder nearby her nest.
Hopefully the hatched bird will be well fed so that it can fly off to return to nest in our yard next year. We will remove this bag so that a safer place for nesting will be chosen.
Thanks for this website which assured us that wrens do choose unusual places to nest! We feel better about this wren house in a dirt bag...and will go out to buy more dirt for the garden leaving this bag undisturbed. It is also good to know that the wren is used to humans because kids are constantly peaking into the bag to witness the baby bird openning its mouth for feeding.
This was taken on Mother’s Day…see the see little Carolina Wren making a nest for her eggs upcoming.
This is our little chiminea fireplace that has wadded up paper towel in it (we won’t be having a fire anytime soon).
This little wren found this “safe haven” and is making a nest for her babies to be born. I watched her fly back and forth several times and then went for my camera.
Two years ago a similar wren family moved into this chiminea and grew up three little chicks.
We got to watch the parents feed the babies and I swear that the parents saved teaching the young birds how to fly until we got home from work.
We happened to be outside and watched the parents bring the little birds to the edge of the opening…the parents would jump out and jump back in as though an example…then they went in behind and nudged one out.
It jumped down to the cement and then they would show it how to fly down to the ground and back up again until all of them were out and almost bouncing around the deck learning how to fly…and then, they all did fly away…it was so precious, maybe we will be that lucky again…just had to share.
When my husband went out to check the propane level in our tank next to the house in the second week of June, he noticed quite a bit of debris seemingly coming out from under the lid. He gingerly lifted the hinged domed top not knowing what to expect.
Neatly woven around the knobs and dials of the tank were assorted twigs, sticks, pine needles, and bluebird feathers. The debris field presented all the earmarks of a wren's creation. Tucked away in a cylindrical depression within the nest were 7 tiny eggs.
Since wrens choose unusual places in which to build nests, we are not too surprised that the bird parents chose the propane tank. It features a nice arching cover and good protection from predators. In addition, access in and out of the nest is easy for the wrens through a small arch where the fuel hose exits.
With all of the tank's location benefits,we are quite concerned that the nursery under the lid was ultimately a poor choice. We've not heard or seen activity from the parents lately. During the day the tank can become quite warm and a little too intense to serve as a proper incubator. But we will keep watch and hopefully our tenants have not left due to "wrenter's" remorse.
This is such a miracle! We saw the couple building their nest in my Asparagus Fern on our deck from start to finish, it was great fun to see them building their little house, but we were worried about the openness of the nest and if it was a good place for them to build their nest!
Not long after that there were four little eggs, and now we were even more exited than ever! Now the long wait started and it was so cute to see her sitting on her little eggs and waiting in anticipation for the big day to arrive!
And here they are, the four little miracles have arrived, I feel just as proud about them as I am sure mom and dad are and now we watch them grow every day and will be sad to see them leave again! We pray they will be safe until they fly away from the comfort of their little home!
I guess it was around mid March when entering my front porch one day I noticed what appeared to be a nest in the base of my fan.
I was very interested to know what bird had built this and when did this happen?
I often have birds find their self onto my porch and stuck in the screen as if they cant find the door to go back out. Mostly humming birds, but I knew this was no humming bird nest!
I remembered a small brown bird I had seen a couple of times on my porch but it always knew the way out. That had to be the one to build this nest!
Sure enough I start to see more of this bird, then there were two. I wasn't familiar with the type of bird so I described it to my Father, who is my go to person when it comes to nature as he enjoys watching and learning about the birds all over his property.
He suggested it may be a House Wren and after looking it up, sure enough he was correct! I get rather excited over the little things like this.
While relaxing with some friends yesterday (4/28/13) on the porch we see the two birds flying in and out perching on the fence, the door then the fan blades.
One of them was very vocal when singing his song to the other as she hopped around from perch to perch watching us closely peaking in ever angle she could.
That's when I saw the insects in her beak. It was a small worm. She quickly fed her young then off they flew back into the yard.
I got very excited and had to see the babies!
My friend got a ladder down from his work truck and up I climbed stretching my arm with the camera in zoom with hopes to snap successful picture!
After a few tries it was a success! I could count out 3 baby birds. In another shot I noticed what appears to be the snake skin, I thought that was rather neat.
This morning after laying some floor down in my daughters room I came out to the porch to let the dogs out for a bit and what do I see? Mom and dad are up to feed their young again.
While the mom peaked around to look at me I notice the food for this trip had legs. Sure enough they were feeding spiders to the babies.
This began my research on the birds, where I found this site with the option to share my story.
I will be sure to keep a close eye out for them now and hopefully get to see the babies leave the nest.