In the winter I wrote a blog entry about a beautiful little bird, Jenny Wren, who I hoped would nest in my wren box. https://sarasinart.wordpress.com/2010/03/06/spring-will-come-to-pennsylvania/
Unfortunately, we had a wonky spring, too much cold, too much rain, and for whatever reasons, the little birds didn’t nest here. They came around and sang, but I think it was not good conditions for nesting at that time and they must have waited, and then moved elsewhere.
BUT. There is another small wren whose song is almost as good. These are called Carolina Wrens. Here is a Wikipedia article about these dear little birds: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carolina_Wren And a picture, also taken from Wikipedia:
These little darlings seem even more willing to nest right under people’s noses, on porches and decks, right outside back doors too.
For 3 years one of these birds has come and began building a next in a basket I have hanging up on my back porch. In all those cases, the bird has given up and left for some reason. Not this year! The last 4 or 5 days there has been a flurry of activity on the porch, singing, carrying sticks and other building materials in, moss, string, anything they can find. And this isn’t one bird, it’s both! This seems like a more serious venture.
This basket hangs there year round and has in it various things at various times: right now a bottle of charcoal starter, a trowel I don’t use much, and a root of a plant called Angelica, which I grew a couple years ago and saved one root, cos I think it’s neat.
So this year I can’t start a charcoal fire unless I buy more starter, and I have another trowel to use, cos I sure won’t do anything to disturb this nest or this relationship with these birds. Just in case any visitor who comes here would do anything to disturb that basket, I hung up a sign that says Wren’s Nest, with an arrow!
The nest is down inside the basket, like a tunnel. They sit on the porch and sing, and right off the porch in a small tree and just sing their little hearts out. This announcement of this being their territory makes me smile every time I hear it.
Hopefully, this nest and this clutch will work out and she will be a regular visitor here.