I know that wrens often build their nests in strange and unusual places, so, in the spring, rather than throw away an old teakettle that had sprung a leak, I decided to hang it up out on the front porch. Due to its shininess I really didn't think that anyone would be interested in using it, but, in my heart, I hoped that Mrs. Wren would take notice.
Sure enough, a couple of weeks ago (technically it was the day BEFORE the first day of summer, but close enough...right?), the front porch was aflutter with activity. From my office window I could see, not one, but two, Carolina wrens going crazy out on the front porch!
They would land on the chain of the porch swing, look up, then disappear out of view. After a while I went out to investigate to see if I could find out what they were doing.
This is what I discovered...
|Jenny Wren Sitting in the Opening of the Old Teakettle|
Mrs. Wren was sitting in the opening of the old teakettle and she, along with the help of her mate, appeared to be building a nest in it.
Throughout the afternoon the flurry of activity continued outside my office window as Mr. and Mrs. Wren carried nest-building materials in, a beak-full at a time. I was so excited!
Once the nest was built, the wrens disappeared. The next day the pair came around a couple of times. They appeared to be checking things out. They'd land on the chain of the porch swing, look up, look around, then off they'd go again. I wondered what they were up to.
Upon doing a little research, I discovered that wrens typically build multiple nests before choosing THE one that will serve as home.
|A Carolina Wren Nest Built Inside the Old Teakettle|
|A Carolina Wren Nest|
Until next time...
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