Wren nest in shamrock plant
by Karen Dugan
(New Cumberland Pa)
nest in shamrock plant
A pair of Carolina Wrens have built their nest in my shamrock plant on the front porch. Last year, I found an incomplete nest there...and removed it.
Last week the grandkids were over to watch fireworks and bumped the planter on the porch and a "bird" flew out.
We quickly got a flashlight and peeked inside to find four pale pink eggs, and one cream with speckles. (Cowbird egg).
I can't describe our excitment!!
We now have a nature cam poised to watch their blessed event.
Mommy Wren is busy incubating...and daddy coming and going to feed her. I checked on the net about the cowbird egg, and suspected it would diminish the potential of the Wren babies, and followed a suggestion to nuke the eggs so it wouldn't become an embryo, and replaced it.
Everytime mommy takes a break we run out to adjust the cam and leave her a few meal worms on her little front porch.
It's been an exciting few days setting up to watch what happens next.
I have been a bird lover for years with may birds and feeders through-out our wooded property..even have a pair of red tailed hawks and great horned owls...but have never been privy to a birthing.
I suspect our wrens have been in residence here for a while, as I see them in the winter...but
even those sightings are rare.
Thank you for your website and the opportunity to share our excitement with you....more pictures to come!!