Wednesday, May 15, 2013

We Have Liftoff




Our front porch is quiet this morning after a flurry of activity the past few days. 
 Six small Carolina wrens left the shelter of their nest in the creel 
that hangs from a stone pillar.

Two of them left at dusk Monday evening, 
their dark frames silhouetted against the sky 
as they looked out from their perch on the top of the basket, 
and then from the roof.























The next day, the third fledgling appeared, timidly...






























seemingly awed by the new world around him...


























and the perils it presented.  

"What if I fall?"





























A sibling shored up his confidence...






























while the parents kept close watch from nearby.
































The last two fledglings made their getaway late in the morning, 
and even tried a little rock climbing before getting accustomed to their wings.































This afternoon, out of habit, I glanced out the front window before stepping outside, 
to be sure the coast was clear, but the front porch was strangely silent.  
In the basket, after the birds had left, one small egg remained.

There were seven eggs, 
and the original contents of six of them have now metamorphasized 
into six new minstrels flying in the forest, 
singing their song.









We're glad that the birds fledged on time for their introduction to 


and also on time to wish a Happy Birthday to my good friend, Pat.













30 comments:

Beth @ E. lizard Breath Speaks said...

i love wrens - they have a gorgeous tune. great views. ( :
one day a little one got loose in our garage. silly little bird.

Tyche's Minder said...

What a great post. Thanks for sharing that.

Horst in Edmonton said...

So wonderful to see 6 little fledglings leave the nest, I wonder if last one will hatch or if it will be abandoned. These are beautiful little birds.

Brian King said...

That's awesome! What a cool nesting "box", too! Great photos of the little ones!

Arija said...

Such a joyful post and you had the thrill of watching and documenting each terrifying heartbeat of the launching fledgelings. A beautiful and wonderfully safe nesting box. You are such kind landlords.

Sandra said...

Such a lovely photographic story of the wren fledglings leaving their nest! That little one doing a bit of rock climbing was hilarious. It must be scary and yet exhilarating to use your wings for the very first time. Have the wren parents abandoned that last little egg?

Stewart M said...

Thats a great nest basket! Seems to have kept most of the eggs safe!

Cheers and thanks for linking to WBW.

Stewart M - Melbourne

Connie Smiley said...

As for the last egg hatching, we should have considered that possibility. Don already had the bacon in the pan when we brought it in. What were we thinking?

Phil said...

A lovely set of pictures and a fine story Connie. I just wondered if you left the basket there deliberately for the wrens.

Esther Joy said...

Thanks for your visit to my Joy4Today blog on the mockingbirds. The wren's egg looks a lot like the mockingbird's, doesn't it? ...Or maybe I called mine wrong... Loved your wren pictures. What a clever wren house!

And yes, we are almost neighbors!

Connie Smiley said...

Yes Phil, we put the basket out with the birds in mind. It's perfect with the hole in the top and the lifting lid.

Jodi said...

Catching up on your posts will always be delightful to me.

dinascitywildlife.com said...

These are so cute! I would have never thought of that for a nest. Very creative and the wrens loved it.

bailey-road.com said...

What successful parents, having chosen such a wonderful nesting site and raising six adorable babies! I love these photos!

GretchenJoanna said...

Amazing pictures! Love this first peek at your blog. Thank you.

Gunilla B├Ąck said...

Adorable little birds coming out to explore the world.

Neil said...

Great series.

Nancy Claeys said...

That has got to be the sweetest wren nest I've ever seen. Wonderful captures Connie. xo

TexWisGirl said...

so adorable! how awesome you provide that for them!

ladyfi said...

Oh, what amazing shots. Such delightful birds.

Sarah~Magnolia Surprise said...

The creel makes a perfect nesting place! Wonderful pics (love the rock climber)!

Kay L. Davies said...

I love the fishing creel as a nesting place, and these little wrens are exquisite!
Beautiful photos!
—Kay, Alberta, Canada

Deanna said...

Such a sweet group of images of one of the sweetest birds. Thanks for sharing, so charming and a delight!!

She Who Carries Camera said...

How delightful!! So glad they all (except one) made it out into the world! And, even though, they might not be hanging out on your porch anymore, I'm sure you'll hear the additional choir voices around your yard!

eileeninmd said...

The wrens are so cute, adorable photos and post.

Cindy said...

Fantastic post. The Wrens are beautiful.

Jennifer Richardson said...

Wow.
Just wow.
How wonderful.
-Jennifer

Karen @ Pieces of Contentment said...

Delightful. How wonderful to have these within view so you could enjoy their coming and going. I guess 6 out of 7 isn't bad.

Michelle Palmer said...

Goosebumps... each photograph more precious! Wonderful Wrens! Fantastic post!

Our Neck of the Woods said...

Wow, these photos are so special! I just love this post. I have been looking at your personal website through your portfolio and I am so impressed. Your work is truly inspiring and amazing! Makes me want to be a better photographer. I'm following you now on GFC so I don't miss any more posts :)

PS - I live in Southeast MO so it's neat that you live in the Ozarks! I've visited many times and it is such a beautiful part of the state.