Saturday, June 4, 2011
My Sweet Texas Home
I purchased this resin cowboy boot birdhouse a couple of years ago as a strictly decorative addition to the patio, having seen a similar one in a friend's garden. I certainly wasn't expecting a bird to actually build a nest in it.
As you can see -- I was wrong!
A pair of Carolina wrens spent most of the morning flitting back and forth with bits of grass to add to their nest.
As far as nesting sites go, it's really not too bad.
In it's favor: it's 5 foot up a brick column, so it will be free from predators. Also it's on the east side of that column, under the eaves of the house and sheltered from the hot afternoon sun.
Possible dangers: it's 5 foot up a brick column. If and when the babies fledge, it's a long way down to the ground! I'm also a little worried that it's so deep, the babies won't even be able to get out of it when the time comes.
Maybe the parents will give them a boost to help them out.
Words and photographs by Jayne Wilson, Green and Serene, Jayne's Country Garden.