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Thursday, April 24, 2008

Carolina Wren Chicks!

I was delighted after work today, when Charles told me that the Carolina wren's eggs have hatched (very recently, from the look of it!) He also took some pictures for me;
Although we're not sure how many chicks are in there, 4 are clearly visible in the shot below. As soon as they fledge (12-16 days,) we're going to try to get our tent out of the shed.
I'm very happy. The chicks are just precious. If we refer to the local birds as our "kids," I guess we're grandparents now...again! Thanks to Charles for being so thoughtful. :)

26 comments:

Larry said...

That's a cool photo.-Congratulations on your avian grandparenthood status.-it's nice to have someone help you out with the photos a bit.

Travis said...

Wow. That's really cool!

Marvin said...

So cool. Congratulations on the blessed event.

Lana Gramlich said...

Larry, Travis & Marvin; Thanks much! It's amazing how happy these little guys make me feel. I LOVE chick season. :)
I'm glad I showed Charles how to use our camera!

Julie at Virtual Voyage said...

Rofl --- congratulations, and nice to see they've survived in a safe place when so many don't!

Lana, you may have picked up from Charles blog that I'm in the process of shifting over to WordPress. No real problems with blogger, (other than the unreliable photo uploads) but WP has a couple of features that make life easier for me. I might keep a blog here,
but not sure how it would work out. Look forward to seeing you if you drop by - details on mine at - virtualvoyages.blogspot.com

Charles Gramlich said...

It was nice to get those shots, and to see them open their mouths at the slightest sound. I'm amazed at how big they are compared to the eggs they were in last week.

Travis Erwin said...

Cool and congrats on your grandparenthood. And happy camping.

Demon Hunter said...

Great. And congratulations on being new "grandparents." :*) Have a great weekend.

Stacey Huston said...

Congrats. they are just adorable.. if you stick with avian grandparenthood you will get old REALLY fast.. thanks for sharing.

Michelle (artscapes) said...

Lana! They are beautiful!!

Shauna Roberts said...

How wonderful! I was thinking it would be a while yet, but here they are already! I'm looking forward to watching them grow.

No baby birds in our yard yet—I was hoping someone would nest here, but I guess we're out of luck this year.

Julie - virtualvoyage1.wordpress.com said...

I went in a plant centre today and there was a notice stuck to one whole plant rack saying
'these plants are not for sale as there is a nesting bird among them...' (there was!)

funniest one I ever saw was a nest of baby pigeons in an old plant pot high up on a town windowsill.

Dave Coulter said...

Aww, those are cute. Can't wait to see 'em get bigger!

Chris said...

What precious chicks! I love their yellow "mouths"...it made me smile! You guys are terrific grandparents.

Nature Nut /JJ Loch said...

How precious!!! What a blessing to witness this. :D I know it'll be fun watching the nest in the next few weeks. :D

Hugs, JJ

Mark said...

It is going to be a lot of fun to watch these develop and eventually fledge. How cool!

Billy said...

Congrats, grandma lol :)

Miladysa said...

Awwr! Congratulations :-D

Lana Gramlich said...

Julie; I read a story online wherein a pair of these birds had nested in the grill of a van. They're notorious for taking advantage of whatever space they can find (& being small & curious, that's a lot of spaces.) Although they will nest in houses if supplied, I've heard they prefer hanging plants. That's how I first noticed them when we moved here--one was poking around in a fake hanging plant on our deck!

Charles; Yes, what a difference in size! Thanks for getting the pictures for me. You're a sweetie!

Stacey; This is our 2nd nesting season as "grandparents" & neither of us are all too concerned about getting old. *L* Watching the little fledglings learning how to eat & whatnot is such a wonderful gift!

Shauna; I didn't know how fast they'd hatch (OR fledge,) myself until I looked into it today. Nice to know we'll get our tent back sooner than expected. *L*
Even if birds aren't nesting right IN your yard, there may be some nearby that will come to your yard. Most of our birds don't nest on our property, but they know where the good eats are!
I'm not sure what your nesting season is like, either. I've learned now that our nesting season starts in February. Watch for birds carrying twigs & such around, pecking nesting holes in trees, etc. That'll help you track when your own nesting season starts.

Dave; Us neither! :)

JJ; I'm expecting company from Canada soon, too, so she'll probably be here when the chicks fledge. I'm sure she'll get a kick out of it. :)

Mark; We've been doing our best not to go into the shed (where they're nesting,) if we don't have to. As such we probably won't see them again until after they fledge & the parents start teaching them to eat at our feeders. That's always hysterical (baby birds can be so demanding & clumsy,) so we're greatly looking forward to it. :)

Travis, DH, Michelle, Chris, Billy & Miladysa; Thank you! We're pretty psyched. :)

The Zen Birdfeeder said...

To the happy grandparents:
Congratulations on your new brood!

Crayons said...

Oh my! I've never seen such young ones. Miraculous. Thanks for posting these.

Lana Gramlich said...

Zen; Thanks. :)

Caroline; Anytime! Stay tuned--we're sure to have another explosion of baby cardinals (like last year,) soon. Not to mention the baby woodpeckers, blue jays & others. They're all so precious.

Natural said...

wow, the babies are here. awwh. they leave the nest pretty soon after birth...they don't stay as long as i think they would.

Lana Gramlich said...

NW; We're delighted to have them, of course. We've been leaving them alone out there, letting them do their thing. Every so often we see mama wren come out to the feeders for a snack. Loving it.
Unfortunately I haven't seen or heard from our nesting brown-headed nuthatches for a while now, which is bothersome. I hope they're okay. <:(

Umbro said...

We had a wren build a nest in a cactus on our patio. The eggs hatched last week. Momma bird has been busy feeding them. I went downstairs about 20 minutes ago and found that the other half let the cat out and must not have known. Now, I'm concerned that she might have gotten the momma bird. I searched but found no sign of feathers anywhere. The baby chicks all appear to be in the nest. Now, I'm not sure what to do. I hope momma stayed safe. Plus, it pi??es me off that I worked so hard to make sure the cat didn't get out.

Lana Gramlich said...

Umbro; Not seeing feathers around is probably a good sign. Momma bird may have just vacated for safety's sake. Keep an eye on the nest & see if she comes back. If not, perhaps you can contact your local humane society to see if they know someone who can take the chicks (if they can't.) I'm sorry about the cat & I can sympathize. If the other half didn't know, though, there's not much point being pissed, y'know? Life happens.

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