Wren Interesting Nesting Choice

by Esther
(Bethesda, Maryland)

Baby House Wren 's ready to feed

Baby House Wren 's ready to feed

I first noticed this bird in May, by the short aggressive calls that were very loud from such a small bird.

I figured the bird was looking for a mate. Then I noticed the bird bringing items to the nest; in the most oddest places possible.

It is on my balcony behind a chair within a corner caddy on top of some old college books at a barely erect wooden door.

I placed a cushion on the concrete floor of the opening. This was in case this would be the choosen nest and any babies fell out.

The Wren began to build its nest! During its calls for several days had attracted other birds, not the same species.

Then I noticed the bird had a possible mate they would hop on the tree branches in front of our balcony.

Why this fun exciting bird decided to find this odd out of the way spot to possibly home their babies is beyond me, however it is the beauty of nature.

I said to myself this bird is either going to never find a mate or just abandon the nest entirely.

We often go out on the balcony and see the bird fly and do a couple of calls at the begininng as if to warn us "to stay away" now I think are just use to us.

Now, she/he just flyes to the nearest tree. I have had the opportunity to take pictures of the whole process from the nest building, the eggs and the baby birds in the nest.

Now that the babies have hatched (3)? out of 5 eggs. I try not to go out there as often, so I do not disturb the beauty of nature.

I do take pictures and the Mama bird seems to fly out of the nest and go to the nearest tree, with surprisingly no agressive sounds or swoops.

During a photo, I made a sound to mimic the bird call and each time I noticed the babies open their mouths as if to feed.(enjoy the picture)

My intentions are not to disturb nature.
I will continue to watch this miracle and please feel free to make a comment and add your email so you can follow along with the process.

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Jun 20, 2009
You're sweet to place a pillow for safety
by: Bonnie

You're sweet to place a pillow for safety for the baby wrens when they leave the nest. We've had Carolina wrens who built a nest under our carport in a box of odds and ends. We only saw one baby being coaxed to leave the nest altho' they may have had more.

I hope you'll set up a winter roost box for them to get out of the cold and put out suet, as we plan to do. I found out these birds are not migratory and may starve or freeze in winter without our help.

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