My very limited knowledge of birds restricts me from detailed commenting on the North Carolina Wren but Wikipedia tells me their preferred habitat is in dense cover in forests and farm edges. Well, these sweet birds have once set up nest in my hanging tomato planter and now they have decided to try out our porch light. Strange place but they’re most welcome.
Mama Wren probably measuring the “floor space” for her nest
Then she turns around with no chirp and no fear ~ simply stayed put while I was bringing out our recycle bin.
sat still and just looked at me
1 more camera click before I went in
Life is so rich when you live simply and share your space with “the birds and the bees and the flowers and the trees” as the song goes …
There it laid, on my mini front lawn, a nest from the old oak tree. The summer storms might have blown it down. There are no shell remnants, no feathers, no hint of dried membranes, nothing to indicate chicks had fallen with it.
It did get me wondering whether its last occupants were Cardinals or Scrub-jays or migratory birds? How many eggs were laid? How long did mama bird have to incubate them? Did the male bird hang around bringing her food? Was there a family setting in this nest?
Nest on the Ground
Like us human beings, I guess the young ones got fed, kept warm, cared for, until such time when they felt matured enough to leave home ~ or were they pushed out to fend for themselves? When they left, were parent birds relieved that they had done their share of maintaining their breed’s population?
The Birds have Left Home
Or did they feel like human parents, melancholic while living in their empty nest? It looked sadly unused so the parent birds must have left quite some time ago, furthering their food search, perhaps starting a new nest and family.
No nest egg in this one.