Sunday, March 4, 2012

Moving In




One day last week, a Carolina wren was singing at the top of his lungs, and I went to investigate.  I've read that the male prepares several nesting sites and lets the female choose the one she wants, which seems to be a wise move on his part.

On that particular day, I'm pretty sure he was making his best pitch for the nest he had started in a creel on our front porch.  He must have been pointing out what excellent shelter they would have there, and also the nifty little doorway the fish basket provided.

The porch was quiet for a few days after that, while Mrs. Wren was weighing her options, but it seems her mate's persuasion worked, because Saturday, they started building the nest right where he wanted it.




For 2 days so far, they have made repeated trips early in the morning with materials to make their upcoming family comfortable.  
They came with grass, and straw, and leaves...




...and even a little of Barley's hair.

If this works out, these 2 will be our closest neighbors.





Textures by Kim Klassen.
Thanks, Kim!

55 comments:

pens and needles said...

...which is probably part of the reason Mrs. Wren's final choice was on your front porch! I'd love to be your front-porch neighbor, too....(P.S. Incredible photos!!!!! Love, love them!)

Horst in Edmonton said...

Awesome little story and beautiful photos. Well done.

Jodi said...

Oh Connie, this is so cool! And your photos are just delightful. I hope you keep us informed on the little family's progress.

Pat said...

How exciting! They are such dear little birds. I love the singing shot.

Birgitta - FOTO grafi said...

Great photos of the lovely little bird :)

Sweepy said...

Woof, they do that in our trees and pooed on my head!

Lui said...

Oh Connie, what precious shots and you are blessed to be part of it!

I'm excited for them ;-)

Marcie said...

Looks like you've got company moving in...lucky you!!! Love what you did with that first image..the musical notes coming out of its mouth. So clever and creative!

hannah said...

One might call that a 'desirable residence' for 'gracious living'. [Just quoting from memory :-).

~What a terrific set of photos. Aren't you favoured by the creatures. So close for observation as well. Webcam coming up?

JillsyGirl Studio said...

your post warmed me up this cold morning. that first shot is so endearing and the processing is perfect! it's such a delight to watch birds in their daily activities, and now you'll be able to watch the creation of a new family come alive! keep us posted! i'll be checking back!

Torunn said...

A little song bird! So beautiful. Nice and cozy images.

Tricia @ Bluff Area Daily said...

Awww, so sweeeet! Love how you added the music notes... Great job & Congratulations to Mr Wren, as well... here's to a happy family! =)

Tricia @ Bluff Area Daily said...

love the fish basket/Carolina Wren home!!! =)

Ruth said...

You must be soo pleased with these pics! They're amazing, I love our wrens too, so resourceful :)

Karen said...

Beautiful photos. Love the little edit in the first one!

Evelyn S. said...

How exciting to have a nest of wrens on your porch! Such a beautiful "home" for them and such delight for you.

lisa said...

Oh my goodness, how wonderful this is Connie!
We had a pair of robins nest a couple of years ago in a plant hanger I had on our patio. It was a wonderful experience to be able to watch them, right up through the times the babies left the nest.


Thank you so much for sharing with us today at The Creative Exchange.

Have a wonderful evening!

lisa.

Tatjana Parkacheva said...

Wonderful photographs.

Regards and best wishes

S. Etole said...

What fun neighbors they will be. Love how you textured that first photo.

Jeanne said...

Connie these are great photos, and love how you have the musical notes coming out of his mouth. Will be watching for the photos of these babies. How fun! Really great captures!

Nadege, said...

Beautiful neighbour. I love the first image, great texture work.

A Garden of Threads said...

Ohmygosh, these are stunning. Fabulous job:)

cathy @ ma vie trouvee said...

Love the song notes added to that first one! precious! Great use of textures.

Nikki said...

How lovely to have these wrens nesting on your porch. Your images are beautiful. The wrens at my house move too quick for me to capture a photo.

Cathy said...

how wonderful! they are so beautiful! i look forward to updates on the cute couple : )

Mona's Picturesque said...

The first bird image is just amazing! Love the notes coming out of the little's mouth :) too cute to be true!!!

Eija said...

Absolutely charming photos. Congratulations on your beautiful new neighbours!

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Oh Connie, what wonderfully beautiful images of the sweet little Wrens! I love them and we have a covered alcove before the entrance to our front door. The Wrens have placed nests in door wreaths here, in a nest box hung next to door, they have even lived in the nest box all winter long, sometimes 3 stuffing in to stay warm. This morning, as I walked out to walk the dog, 2 flew past me and soon, they will pair off and begin nest repair...so fun! You are so going to enjoy all of this, as shall we~

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geanina said...

wow my goodness how wonderful !!! :)

mary said...

You're lucky to have gotten such a wonderful group of photos. The wren has pretty coloring; living on the west coast I've only seen the marsh wren and the bewick's wren.

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

Oh what lovely photos. We have wrens in summer and their antics are fun to watch. V

hannah said...

Me again:
You must submit these to World Bird Wednesday just about now, Connie.
These lovely birds will be the stars of the show. [And so will you, as their producer.}

Gary said...

Great sequence!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Andrew said...

A wonderful post... your images so lovely..

sarayutouched said...

oh what delightful photos you have captured here!!! my heart is smiling.

eileeninmd said...

I always enjoy seeing the cute little wrens. Great sighting and captures.

Carletta said...

You have some sweet looking neighbors moving in. :)
A beautiful series of shots and I love your editing of the first one!

Arija said...

Just like dogs and their owners have common traits, you must have a sweet disposition for this little pair to be so comfortable in your immediate vicinity and what a thrill to be able to enjoy them at such close quarters!

Wonderful photos of the little darlings.

Carol said...

Beautifully done.

linda said...

Wonderful photos, excellent use of the texture and a delightful story!

Wanda..plain~N~simple said...

How wonderful it is that they are nesting so close! Love their choice for the nest, that is one smart wren.

Madge Bloom said...

SO exquisitely beautiful! Love those shots...

Wolfsrosebud said...

outstanding pics... I liked what you did with the first bird and the notes... nice story with it too

Lisa said...

How adorable! I hope you get to enjoy the pitter patter of little bird feet this spring!

Dee said...

Fantastic shots. How special to be able to witness, and document, the whole process. Thanks for sharing.

Springman said...

And great neighbors they shall be... What excellent pictures you've already taken, have fun with this. It would be great to see this process!

Irene said...

Awesome shots! Very nice blog :)

Irene

heyBJK said...

haha! That first photo made me smile! Beautiful shots, Connie!

pam said...

Gorgeous pictures of the wren!

Zinnia said...

I love reading about the nesting of these two little wrens. Great shots!

Larry said...

Great shots of the Carolina Wrens Connie! Now for the best part, you get to watch them raise their family! I hope we will see lots of photos as the adventure unfolds!

Antonio Puigg said...

Hola Connie bonitas fotografias de esta especie que no conozco y por lo que veo llevando material para hacer el nido,espero que la cria le vya bien.Un abrazo

Jennifer Richardson said...

achingly beautiful:)
thanks for sharing
this sweet goodness,
Jennifer

Genie said...

These photos are real treasures in the lives of these dear birds. Please keep posting the progress they are making. It all be such fun to follow via your blog. Precious shots. genie