Wren in Husband Boot
by Eleanor Bailey
(West Memphis, AR)
This is the first time we have encountered this pretty little bird.
We were shocked to find this bird flying around in our garage and finally saw her go into my husbands boot on the shelf.
As we watched them they were bringing twigs in and finally saw her not coming out. We realized then that she was nesting.
We would close the garage door at night and in the morning she would be flying around wanting outside. She would stay a little while and
back on the nest she would stay.
Don't know how long it took before we saw as she left one morning that there were three eggs. She would come back and stay during the day, and we would watch her leave several times then when night came, we would close the door.
Finally the eggs hatched and we would see both of them bringing food to them. This was a continuous effort on both of them.
Then one day she was calling for them as she was all over the garage, moving around trying to get them to come out, which took several days.
Finally one jumped onto the top of the boot and stayed awhile before moving any further. Finally it flew to the ground. He stayed awhile before leaving the garage.
It took several more days before the other two left.
This has been about five years now, I do remember four other places in the garage where they have built nests, but they were always behind something.
It is Jan. 18 now and for a month or so we have had two come into the garage at night, but don't know where they are staying.
We don't know if they are babies or parents but they keep coming back. If the door isn't opened in the morning they start chirping. We let them back outside and at night they are back.
We really like to watch them.