This rather bedraggled toad flax lily hosted a wren and her nest last summer and I've been watching this spring to see if she will come back. Another nest seemed to be taking shape, so I held off watering the poor plant, just in case.
Last week, as I was watering another plant on the same shelf, I accidentally bumped the watering can against the shelf. Imagine my surprise when a small brown bird seemingly catapulted out of the nest. I actually squeaked with surprise!
While she was gone, I had to sneak a peek in the nest and see if there was anything there.
I was in luck!
Please excuse the fuzzy photo:
After taking this photo, I began to get worried that I had scared the mother away permanently. But I've seen her come and go a few times since, and we've been treated to some serenading by what I presume is her "husband."
I have no idea when the eggs were laid or when they might hatch, but I'll keep an eye out and keep you posted.
Words and photographs by Jayne Wilson, Green and Serene, Jayne's Country Garden.