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June 29, 2012


spectacular!! i'd never have imagined this. great pictures!

That is so cool. I remember a couple of years ago when the junco nested in the planter next to the front door. And, the planter on the "walk thru" side of the screen door to boot.

I'm kind of guessing your front door isn't as busy as our front door since you leave by garage if driving, so I'm not surprised the wren decided it was a great place for nesting.

ME--The first time I found the nest, thinking it a bunch of trash and wondering how it got there, I touched it, flushing mama bird. At that time, I thought it might be a sparrow's nest (I had blinked, so didn't see the bird.) The next morning, I deliberately made noise while exiting the front door - and paid attention. I was delighted to see that the nest belonged to the wren.

Bogie--I use the front door whenever I fetch the morning paper (if I am up before your dad - and if the paper has been delivered) and whenever I go for a walk. Actually, I should have used the past tense. Until the wren moves out, I am/will be exiting through the back garage door.

By the way, I forgot to mention that this post was educational for me - I didn't know about the tunnel to the nest thing for the wrens. Now, how long I retain that info may be another story.

Bogie--I'm not sure that I ever knew; but, I looked it up in Kaufman's Lives of North American Birds after I saw the wren. I had previously used the book to confirm my memory that house sparrows build a side entrance.

All--If you wish to see photos of flowers instead of foliage plants, Bogie has some great photos of hers at Pictures from the gardens.

While you're there, I recommend that you listen to the mellow pipes on the three motorcycles that reside at her house, at Musical Bikes.

Ah, this is really neat!

Keep us posted on babies' progress!

I saw two babies, yesterday - one skuttling about in the flower pot, the other skuttling about among the plants on the porch floor. It's amazing to me that in just 5-6 days (from when they were observed to be eggs) the young now have feathers from which an observor can definitely identify the species. Fast! Instead of going outside, I have learned to crack open the front door to observe the nest site. The coloration of the babies makes it very difficult to spot them against the mulch in the flower pot - impossible, unless they move, from the 6-foot distance and through the (not perfectly clean) storm door that is not opened.

I have reason to believe that all five babies hatched. I think that the two elder birds were hiding among the plants when I peeked into the nest this morning. There were three little bills crammed side-to-side pointing toward the tunnel. I've learned in the past few days that young wrens lie prostrate with neck outstretched, resting their bills on the floor of the nest. They are cute!

I failed to have my camera at the ready and don't want to pester them (again) to the point that they scramble out of the nest ahead of their time.

Fascinating! Thanks for the lessons and the pictures.

Oooh, sounds like fun to watch the babies!


Bogie--It was fun while it lasted. The babies (and parents) are gone. As there was no sign on the porch that anything untoward happened, I'm thinking that they all fledged and left the nest while I was at the office, Tuesday. It's too hot for them to start another clutch, but I've left the nest in place. Maybe August will be cooler. (Oh, yes, that always happens in Kansas! *disgusted snort*

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