Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Entertainment This Evening

This evening has been cool, windy and rain is lightly falling. I settled into my desk chair to read up on all of todays posts when I heard the wrens in the nest box just outside my window start begging. Sure enough the Momma and Poppa brought in some bugs for their dinner. Even though I need to trim some limbs so I can see the nest hole better and the conditions for photos were lousy I attempted to capture the parents at work.
Pappa Wren almost always announces his arrival. He had several of this type of bug when he came in. Sometimes he had to wait for the Mrs to leave the nest before he would feed them. I figured that is why he usually announced his arrival.Sometimes one of the little ones would meet him at the door. I don't think he played favorites because he would push on through the door rush and disappear.
Then of course someone has to do the housekeeping. I believe that the Momma is usually the one that takes the fecal sacs away from the nest. Difficult to tell when the birds are zipping in and out so quickly.
Maybe I will be able to sit here when the sun is shining some time to get some really good pictures before the babies fledge. I will also trim a branch or two. However when the sun is shining I am usually working in the garden now. There never seems to be enough time to do the things we want to. Sigh~~

24 comments:

mon@rch said...

Wow, watching those wrens would have been my entertainment for the night!

Gail said...

There never does seem to be enough time...I am way behind on weeding and with all the rain we've had the weeds are winning.

The photos of the Wren family were sweet, thanks,
Gail

Mary said...

Lisa,

I know, I know. This is the busiest time of year for those of us who love outdoors. It's 30 minutes past by bedtime and here I am...loving your wren shots. They always find a stash of bugs, don't they?

Enjoy your peaceful rain. We're having a light rain also, on the warmest day of this year. I hope you see the little wrens fledge.

Mary

gintoino said...

what sweet pictures. Our blackbirds have nested in some other almond tree and keep coming to the vegetable garden in search for worms. I will have to get a couple of nest boxes to try in some of our trees

Gabriel said...

It great to see your new members of the family! Is better when you have them at the window. Great pictures too! I'll waiting the new ones with the sun.

Jayne said...

How sweet Lisa! Glad you were able to capture their feeding time and share it with us. :c)

Rose said...

Love the pictures of the wrens, Lisa. I hope you get a chance to see the babies before they leave.

beckie said...

Awwww, how cute. Such hard working parents. and can't those babies be noisy!Thanks for sharing with us.

Pam/Digging said...

Cute wrens. I love listening to their songs.

Cheryl said...

Hello Lisa.....I think the photos are great anyway...who needs to trim...an absolute delight.
We have had plenty of rain, and I have weeds galore...as you say never enough time.

CommonWeeder said...

Lisa, I always love your photos. We bought a bluebird house from a Cub Scout two weeks ago and two tiny birds have been very busy building what appears to be a sturdy nest. The twigs they have carried in! But our ID skills are poor. Even with the guide book we only got as far as not bluebirds, just very tiny brown birds.

Meems said...

lisa: Entertainment indeed! What a fun action series of the wrens. They have no problem with the rain do they?
meems @Hoe&Shovel

Teri C said...

What a fun entertainment. Isn't nature grand?!!! Thanks for entertaining us also.

Yolanda Elizabet said...

Lovely pics of one of my favourite birds. How lovely that you have a wren nest in your garden and were able to take pics of them. I have a wren nesting too and the babies are out and about now but still have to learn how to fly properly. So the kittycats have to stay inside this week until all the baby Wrens have flown away.

Enjoy your bird family Lisa!

Mike - Fenphotography said...

Great sequence of shots Lisa, love the shot of the Wren with the grub in its mouth, nicely timed.

Diana said...

Lisa - what a nice set of pictures of the young family in your little guest house. They are so delightful to watch and listen to. Thanks for sharing them with us - I haven't seen any wrens at our house this year, so it's nice to watch yours.

cindee said...

Love your pictures of the wren. I have a nesting family right next to my door. They always have a bug in their beaks. They are good little birds to have in the garden!!!

Frances, said...

Oh Lisa your little feathered family is sweeter than anything. I love the wrens too, ours are in the privet still standing at the corner of the property, near the new arbor and fairy gazebo. They are such good singers, and like to grace us with many an aria. I envy your closeness to the nest, getting to watch up close all the goings on. We are so busy in the garden, trying to get everything moved before the heat sets in, which is a little later than usual this year. Hooray for that. Why are we still moving every single plant in the gardens? Something in the water maybe? ;->

nina said...

I love watching.

This is better than reality TV any day!!

Naturegirl said...

Lisa for sure "there is never enough time" in the garden! I loved this post...I sit and watch this activity every day as I also have a nesting family in a birdhouse we put up close to our front porch..we are close but far enough away as NOT to disturb..
last year I did climb (((way up))) to get photos of the wee ones but with a recovering fractured ankle
I think I won't do this for now.
Great photos and story!
tweet tweet NG

albertapostcards said...

oh how i miss wrens. We don't get them in the country. My mom adored them too. It's wonderful that you're sharing this with us!

Q said...

Dear Lisa,
So sweet. I too would have enjoyed watching the wrens.
Best entertainment in the world!
Thank you.
Sherry

Robin's Nesting Place said...

That would be so interesting to watch! I love seeing nesting birds. I'm still bummed that none have chosen my two birdhouses.

Marvin said...

I really enjoyed your photos, Lisa. I don't think there's anything busier than a pair of bird when they're feeding a nest full of young.