Tuesday, January 17, 2012

R-Factor



The past few days, tufted titmice have been busy stripping sunflower seeds from the seed head hanging upside down on the porch.  They may not know that this action lowers the R-factor in the walls of the interior.

This same seed head serves as a hammock for 2 Carolina wrens, who spend their nights tucked inside the cavity.  Late at night, when I walk Barley, and pass them at eye level, the only thing visible is a clump of back and tail feathers, and I have to resist the urge to reach out and touch them.

Tonight I walked out on the porch at dusk.  They had just checked in for the night, and one little head peered out at me, unafraid, from her leathery fortress.



Three years ago this past spring, Carolina wrens nested on the front porch, and I was there when they fledged.  As the sweet things took practice flights on the porch, 2 of them landed on my lap and settled down on my well worn blue jeans, while their mother chattered at them from a short distance.  I wonder one of those fledglings might be the same bird now watching me from her night shelter.  And, if she is, I wonder if she's dreaming, on these cold winter nights, of lining her nest with soft blue denim.




Textures by Kim Klassen,
of Texture Tuesday.

Also linking with The Creative Exchange,
Deep Roots at Home,
and World Bird Wednesday.





24 comments:

Susan said...

Oh my...this is so neat!! Great shot.

brenda said...

We have a pair of wrens living in a porch post on our back deck. Perhaps they'll raise a family for us this year. Lovely shots!

S. Etole said...

What a special treat to have them land on you.

Pat said...

Wonderful shots! I just love these little birds. What a magical moment it must have been to serve as a landing place for the Wren fledglings!

Horst in Edmonton said...

That is so awesome to have these little birds sheltering on your porch. Love your photos, at first I thought the top photo was an ornament in your house. I had to look very close to see that it was a real bird on the sunflower head.

Seraphina´s Phantasie said...

So beautiful ! Great texture work too.

hannah said...

There must be such a lot of goodness radiating from your home for the birds to feel so at ease,
I just read somewhere that wrens huddle for warmth in winter, and sometimes clump together in unbelievable numbers around a hundred in a garage or elsewhere under cover.

Catherine Fruisen said...

so beautiful, Connie. you've become a master of painting a picture with words. Watercolor, I think. Literary watercolor.

love to you,

c / v

Anonymous said...

How fantastic is that, they found the perfect lodging :)

aenee/Lily over from Kim's

lisa said...

Oh my goodness, what a special experience Connie! How fortunate you were.
These are wonderful images. Just LOVE the first one.

Thank you so very much for sharing with us this week at The Creative Exchange.

Have a wonderful day!

lisa.

pens and needles said...

What creative lodging! I love the No Vacancy sign...so clever. How neat that you can enjoy these little friends, in a very up-close-and-personal way.

mick said...

Great photos and how fantastic to have those beautiful little birds so close to you.

Kaylene said...

Beautiful work and image

Jacqueline @ Deeprootsathome.com said...

Dear Connie, I am enchanted! LOL We know about R-factor from building our home. I just had to let you know my daughter and I made you a 'button' for your blog! It is now happily residing in my scrolling thingy in the sidebar! May it bless you today :) Love in Jesus!

Jacqueline @ Deeprootsathome.com said...

I would be honored if you would link this post up today or tomorrow :) Only if you have time.

Andrew said...

Lovely to see..

Jeanne said...

What an awesome photo this is of this darling little wren, and what an amazing thing to use for a "night shelter". Would have never thought of that. very cool., Have you ever seen those little "cage things" that you can hang out on your porch with thread and scraps of material for the birds to use as their nest. You should hang one out with some of your old jeans. Fun to see that stuff woven in to the nests. Also, Thanks for stopping in to my blog and the very nice comment! Have a great day, Jeanne

Arija said...

How adorable! Birds soon learn that some humans are "safe'.
Wonderful story and shot.

Martha Z said...

Sweet, it looks a lot like the Rock Wren who lives in the rocks in my side yard. The original one flew off the moment I opened the door, this one is more willing to visit with me.

georgia b. said...

wow! wonderful shots! and how cute is the little sign you added?

i came via kk's texture tuesday... i've been trying to go see all the other entires... a little late, but better than never. =)

Gary said...

Nice captures!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Lisa said...

I must admit, I had to read your first line about 3 times and still didn't understand until I got further into your explanation! I never knew the little wrens did that. What a fantastic experience to have them land in your lap! That would be amazing.

Larry said...

Very nice shots of the Titmouse and the Wren Connie. I especially like the photo you caught of the little baby Carolina Wren on your porch, and what an experience to have it land in your lap!

Petrina kent said...

I love this... They are all so at home with you- just think, if God knows when a sparrow falls, maybe He also
Provides good homes for them. :)