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Sunday, June 22, 2008

Baby Wrens; 2nd Brood

Charles went into the shed today & told me that "our" local Carolina wren pair's 2nd brood has hatched. It must have been pretty recent; they're very small & still featherless with closed eyes. From what I understand, these wrens will not reuse an old nest (which explains why we saw them bringing in new materials a few weeks ago.) If that's the case, the wrens must have dismantled & discarded the old nest, because this nest is in the same spot (in the folds of our tent, again.)
3 are clearly visible in this photo (counting beaks.) I'm sure there are more (facing toward the back,) but I didn't want to disturb them anymore than I already had.

10 comments:

Charles Gramlich said...

Very cool. I'm pretty sure that is the old nest but it looks like it's been freshly lined with new material.

Travis said...

I guess they found a nice safe spot.

laughingwolf said...

love it, thx lana

your book is great, btw....

Erik Donald France said...

That is amazing.

It also triggers a memory -- 8th grade Biology class, me and Dana Johnsrude erasing pictures of eyeballs in the textbook and making them huge, like a young chick's. We thought it hilarious at the time. Better than dissecting a frog, certainly! We couldn't stop laughing and were sent to the princiapl's office.

Our science teacher: "Big Bill Sink was a man, a Big Man. As big as a tree, He knew everything from A to B."

Kids those days!

Lisa said...

That's so exciting! Scott and I spotted a nest in the apple tree in our yard this weekend. I have no idea whose nest it is or if there's anything in it or even what kind of bird it belongs to. We have a ton of Robins around here though. Any ideas on how to figure it out?

Marvin said...

Sweet!

Monique said...

Oh Lana, this is so sweet! Watch them like a hawk though. I had fly catchers rearing their young some years ago and suddenly one day the nest was empty. A predator had raided the nest in the night. It was so sad.

Lana Gramlich said...

Charles; It's cool. We're going to have to get that tent out after this bunch for Fall camping, though!

Travis; Exactly. Safe, shady, dry, soft & close to food.

Laughingwolf; Glad to hear it! :)

Erik; Those were the days, eh? I can almost imagine those pictures...

Lisa; Not really...Not w/o observing the nest to see who comes & goes.

Marvin; Agreed. :)

Monique; We accept that nature is red in tooth & claw, actually. Everything has its niche in the large scheme of things (except squirrels...evil, nasty, theiving rat b@$t@rd$!)

Shauna Roberts said...

LISA, before Katrina, I had a field guide to birds' nests. I have no idea whether it's still in print. It was part of the Peterson field guide series, I think.

Lana, aren't you glad YOU aren't the one to have to fill those greedy little mouths?

Lana Gramlich said...

Shauna; Actually I've raised baby birds from this state before (& really enjoyed it.) Anything for the birds (nothing for the thieving, RB squirrels!)

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