Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Carolina Wrens Nesting

I just had told my DB that I wanted to get some pansies for the window box at the kitchen window and I noticed wren action. The Carolina Wrens are building a nest in the greenery in the window box. As some of you might recall, I put a wren box at one end of the window box as a decoration.
The Carolina wrens don't use this type of nesting box. They like to make their big nests in something but nothing as small as a Wren nesting box. The House Wrens, which haven't returned for the summer, do use the boxes.
It is fun to watch the pair build their nest. The male and female work at bringing materials to the building site. They use leaves, duff, feathers and any other material that they find suitable.
Obviously I couldn't get my camera to ignore the screen I was looking through. All of the birds in the neighborhood are singing up a storm. There will soon be nests everywhere.

37 comments:

Randy Emmitt said...

These wrens will nest about anywhere they can. Your in for a lovely time watching them.

verobirdie said...

This is so cute! How can you find the time to do something else as watching them ?

cyndy said...

I think the wire screen makes for an interesting effect for the photograph image...almost as if it is a woven tapestry!

Nice photos of wrens...I'm sure they enjoy the "privacy screen"!

ShySongbird said...

Hi Lisa,

Cyndy has beaten me to it!! My first thought on seeing your photos with the screen in front was that it would be lovely to make them into needlepoint pictures.

Your Wrens are so different from ours.

Gail said...

How delightful! I keep hoping a wonderful gift like this will happen in my garden! So up close and personal~~gail

Roses and Lilacs said...

Wish the Carolina wrens visited my area. How neat to have a nest right outside the window. It will be fun to watch the youngsters.
Marnie

JGH said...

Hi Lisa - I know I am supposed to comment on the Bloom Day post, but I just love these wrens so can I comment here, too? We usually have robins nesting here, but haven't seen any yet this year. They usually set themselves up under our deck. Hope you'll give us a progress report on these sweeties.

My Mother's Garden said...

Thanks for sharing these pics! I've never seen the wrens up close and nesting. Really neat!

Teri C said...

I think birds building a nest is the most interesting activity. Even the screen could not dampen the activity! Great shots.

Cheryl said...

Hi Lisa....I love the photos through the screen....look a little like japanese paintings I saw at covent garden market a long while ago.......
How lovely to have them nesting so close....no doubt there will be more photographs for us to enjoy.......

Q said...

Dear Lisa,
Perfect viewing!
I just love the way the wrens build their nests...
I also am hearing the early morning chorus...
Spring is a busy time of year.
Love the nesting photographs.
Sherry

Meems said...

The wrens love to be near us I think ...finding spots close to the house. Recently, we have some nesting in the hanging plant just outside our front door. But in the past they've made them ON the front door wreath. They are so fun to watch.

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

The screen gives a view of what you see when you watch the wrens. How neat to be able to observe them so closely.

Frances said...

Hi Lisa, this is just the most wonderful thing for anyone, but especially someone as bird friendly as you. :-)
Frances

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Phillip said...

I love these photos - it almost looks like needlepoint or some type of canvas.

Rose said...

Screen or not, these are great pictures, Lisa! They must provide you with hours of entertainment--I would even have fun washing dishes with this to watch out the kitchen window:)

beckie said...

Lisa, I'm so tickled for you! What a wonderful treat to be able to watch them so closely.

I noticed the birds singing yesterday. They must be singing to impress their mates.

Layanee said...

Those are really cool pictures. Did you feel like a voyeur?

RuthieJ said...

Those pictures are so cute! Do you have Carolina wrens year round?

Chandramouli S said...

They sweet! I love those little winged balls.

Shady Gardener said...

You've taught me something about Carolina Wrens. We only get the House wrens here... which I welcome heartily, as they have such a lively song! :-)

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Cyndy, love the image of the window screen being a privacy screen.

Shy Songbird, a needlepoint picture is a fun image too.

Jgh, You bet I will be giving progress reports. I hope to see the young ones fledge.

Ruthie, Yes we usually have Carolina Wrens in the neighborhood all year. It is fun to have these little birds eating up all the bugs in the garden. They are always active and fun to watch.

Thank you all for commenting about our first nesters of the year. They are a joy to watch as your comments are a joy to read.

Jayne said...

Oh, how fun to watch just outside your window Lisa. :c) I put out my ball of nesting material yesterday to assist in the frenzy of nest building and already found a beautiful bluebird nest in my bluebird house.

Kerri said...

How exciting to have the wrens nesting! Will it spoil your plans for pansies in the windowbox? I guess you could put them in a pot instead :)

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Hi Kerri, yes it is fun to have blooms and sweet little wrens nesting in the garden again. I have planted pansies in pots around front. I don't mind giving up my window box for the first nesting. They usually move someplace else for their second nesting becasue we are outside so much more when it warms up.

kate smudges said...

I love the way the wrens look through the screen ~ beautiful!!

Kylee said...

Cool! I wonder if we have these. I'm certain we do. They look really familiar. I need to learn my birds!

Note to self: Learn my birds.

You're right - the birds are singing like crazy! I love hearing it!

Marvin said...

Many is the time we've accidentally watered a wren in a hanging basket. She'll get very fussy when wet.

Thanks for sharing your nesting wrens.

Deb said...

How exciting Lisa! You will have fun watching them :-) Happy Spring!

Robin's Nesting Place said...

How fun to watch that action up close! I'd definitely skip pansies for that!

Ewa said...

omg, what a sweet action you spotted! this is a sign, that they like you - you must be safe neigbour :)
Thanks for commenting on my blog.

SandyCarlson said...

This is such a hopeful post. And I liked the effect of the screen. I thought first of a tapestry and then of needlepoint! Happy nesting to all your feathered neighbors.

shirl said...

Great stuff Lisa - I can't wait to see more from this pair. I am thrilled they have returned to your window box and that you will able to get such a bird's eye view :-)

mon@rch said...

I just love these Wrens! Bravo job it made me smile!

Dawn said...

What good luck to have wrens building a nest so close to your window, Lisa. I would be setting up camp watching them and getting nothing else accomplished. Let's hope they have a little family so we can all see even more photos.

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