Wren nest Christmas Wreath

by Frances J. Middleton
(Little Rock, Arkansas)

Wren Nest in Wreath,

I'm usually slow to remove my Christmas Wreath.

For a couple of years now, there is a wren who makes a nest in it. The wreath hangs on my front security door/glass.

house finch and 2 cowbird eggs

Finch Nest with 2 Cowbird eggs

Well, I noticed that a wren would fly around when I open the door, not knowing there was a nest until I peeked from inside the house.

This year, there were 2 eggs, then 3, then 5, then 6. Pretty little eggs.

I also have a pigeon nesting in a hanging basket on my front porch too. I can't see its eggs, just the bird.

I love it. I love watching birds.

Can't wait til they begin to hatch. Hate to see them leave!

I have made a gourd into an area for nesting, but don't see anything in it yet.

I want to make it ready for birds to nest in. I want to make a home for Purple Martins to live.

Any ideas would help.

Frances J. Middleton Little Rock, AR

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A Couple of Corrections
by: Gene

Thanks Frances for your story. There are a couple of miss identifications that should be clarified for other readers.

First, the nest and light colored eggs are from House Finches. Both Carolina Wrens and House Finches are known to nest in door wreaths.

My daughter leaves her wreath up until after nesting season. She then cleans it and stores it until the holidays.

Every season she gets nesting House Finches and her young children get to watch the event.

Second, the large heavily speckled eggs are Cowbird eggs. Cowbirds lay eggs in nest of other birds and build no nest of their own.

Third, the bird in the hanging basket is a Mourning Dove. Similar to the pigeon and related but a Dove.

Enjoy your birds.

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