Monday, December 24, 2012

Tight Quarters




The dried sunflower on our front porch has seen better days.  The summer before last, it's golden blossom smiled down on the corn and tomatoes in a friend's garden.  When the seeds matured, it came to me as a gift, and I hung it upside-down on our front porch for the birds. Within days, hungry tufted titmice had stripped it of its seeds.





That sunflower had another function, though, my favorite one.  Last winter, every night, two Carolina wrens would tuck into its cavity and sleep the night away.

Summer came; the birds found another place to nest, and the sunflower was consigned to a shelf in the shop.  There, besides providing a few nibbles for a visiting mouse, it gathered dust.































I hung it out again this fall, on the chance of seeing the wrens again.  One evening about a week ago, when I had all but given up, they appeared.  Since then, they've been coming every night shortly after sundown.  They jostle for position before settling in, and by the time we walk Barley, a couple of hours later, all we can see is the tips of their tail feathers, near enough to touch, but we wouldn't dare disturb them.

These two little birds have each other, and a cozy shelter.  At this Christmas season, would that everyone could have the same.






Joy to the world! the Lord has come;
Let earth receive her king;
Let every heart prepare Him room,
 And Heaven and nature sing...



Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas!



Thanks to Kim Klassen for the use of her textures.
Linking with Wild Bird Wednesday


21 comments:

Cathy said...

Such a wonderful post! I love hearing about the little creatures around your place : ) and great use of Kim's texture. Happy Holidays, and thanks for sharing throughout the year!

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

Stunning pictures!!!. I love all.. Merry christmas and the best wishes for 2013.. Kisses

eileeninmd said...

Lovely birdie images! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Pat said...

What a heartwarming post! I just love the pictures and the story about them.
Merry Christmas!

Kathy said...

What a sweet gift from nature that just keeps on giving you joy! Merry Christmas.

Kerri said...

Someone to squeeze in beside .... truly a wonderful Christmas gift! What beautiful images and I just LOVE the last one!!
Merry Christmas!!

Madge Bloom said...

Hoping you and yours have a wonderful day together to celebrate the meaning of Christmas ~ faith, family and friends.

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Merry Christmas greeting precious one. I love the story of the Wrens. We have had 2 to 3 that will burrow into a birdhouse at our front door entrance every winter, and those little tails are all that you see...sweet, knowing they are right there;')

S. Etole said...

What a cozy little spot. Your photos always bless. Hope your Christmas has gone well.

mick said...

Such cute birds and how lovely to have them tucked away each night so close to you. Season's Greetings to you!

Stewart M said...

Nice little bird. I often wonder how birds this size can get through cold winter nights.

Cheers and thanks for lining to WBW.

Stewart M - Melbourne

Carole M. said...

beautiful bird and wonderful photo opportunities for you right there on your verandah. Did you draw the birding art? It is very sweet...

Larry said...

A wonderful post Connie. Those Carolina Wrens are so cute sitting in that sunflower. Merry Christmas and a very healthy, happy and prosperous New Year to you and yours!

Sandra said...

What a lovely story of the dried sunflower which provided food and shelter for the birds. I love the capture with the bird nestled inside!
I hope you had a beautiful Christmas... all is quiet today and I just love it that way!

Gary said...

Beautiful post!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Rick said...

"All I want for Christmas is my sunflower nest ..."

Great story and beautiful shots.

Hope you had a wonderful Christmas. Blessings for 2013.

ps - gorgeous shots of the woodpecker.

Jennifer Richardson said...

that just makes me smile deep down
to my bones:):):)
thanks for sharing your riches,
Jennifer

joanca bs said...

Woww very nice shots
greetinsg from Spain and Merry Christmas!!

Amanda said...

what sweet little birds! how lovely.

Coloring Outside the Lines said...

I love it- what a special treat to see them again!

TexWisGirl said...

adorable!