This page is dedicated to the new births in our family. A mama Carolina Wren
has made her nest in an old miniature cedar chest/box I was going to throw
away. But my husband noticed a nest in the box so we left it. This year again
there was a nest but with what he thought was only two eggs. Eventually he
saw two more eggs. Then four baby birds hatched. She feeds them on a fairly
regular schedule several times a day.
We are watching them very closely. This box is right outside our back door on
the top shelf of a bookcase. So we can watch from the breakfast table when the
back door is open. We watch through the security storm door. The distance I am
from this nest while sitting at the table is about ten feet. My husband takes pictures
in front of the little box when he goes to the back yard. But there isn't enough light
to see far inside the box to see everything. When the storm door is open it does open
in front of that box. That is how close it is to the house. That little mama bird found
a pretty much secure home for her babies. It is out of the weather and in a corner of
a brick house. You will see that in the photos.
That small cedar chest/box is something all the gals received from a furniture
store when we graduated from high school in the 1950s. It is a small cedar chest used
to keep our jewelry, notes, or anything small. It was coming apart so I glued it but
I glued the wrong pieces. By leaving it outside I thought it might start coming unglued.
Instead it started coming apart more and is being used as a home for a Carolina Wren
mama bird and her babies. I guess the papa Carolina Wren should be included in that.
A lady I met in ancestry.com is a birder. She and her husband go on bird watching
trips. I uploaded a photo to the directory for my website and she told me she thought
it was a type of Wren. So I began my own search. She verified my find. It's a Carolina
Wren. This bird is the state bird for the state of South Carolina.
We keep the curtain pulled back so we can watch and monitor the situation. Yesterday
there were four BlueJays in the Oak tree on the hill, which is the high part of our
property behind our back yard. A beautiful red Cardinal chased them away!
Today is Wednesday, March 29, 2017:
There are now two Carolina Wrens feeding these babies. Since one is slimmer than
the other we are presuming both the mama and the papa are feeding these babies.
The babies must be getting more feathers and soon will be ready to be trained for
flight. Our concern for that is they are on the top shelf of a bookcase on the patio
where beneath them is a short ledge and then the concrete floor. They are definitely
getting bigger. My husband could see them from where he was sitting at the table but
it was not a good vantage point for taking pictures.
We set up one of my cameras on a tripod next to where I sit at the table. Hopefully
that will help to be able to get more pictures. I have been able to get pictures of both
of them. One was perched on the back fence looking both ways in the back yard and
the other was on the ground looking for seeds I guess. Grasses are polinating right now.
She does feed them insects. At the end of the day or evening on Thursday I hope to upload
a few photos. There are a few videos but most are short. Both the mama and the papa are
making quick trips to and from the nest today. I will try to remember to post the date
and time each photo was taken.
Sorry, I am behind on uploading photos. It is now January 2018 and with the temperatures
in the lower twenties and as low as ten degrees, we have been busy feeding the birds.
The squirrels are a bit jealous. They have plenty of acorns from the huge old Oak
tree in our back yard. The tree is over one hundred years old and about twelve feet
in circumference just before it splits into a twin Oak. The squirrels try to get the
sunflower seeds that get dropped from the bird feeders as the birds eat. The feeders
hang from shepard's crooks. One squirrel tried to climb one but slid down before it
could get half way up. This is all so facinating to watch. My plan is to write an
article about these adventures.
A cousin of mine helps to rehabilitate wildlife such as those harmed by the oil
spill years ago and those harmed by the weather. On the coast tropical storms
and hurricanes harm much of our wildlife here in the USA. She has been sending
me a lot of photos.