In 2010 and 2011 we had Carolina Wrens nesting in one of the container plants on our patio. I was even lucky enough to be sitting out on the patio drinking my morning coffee at the exact moment when the fledglings left the nest. You can read my post about it, and see my photos at The Empty Nest.
That was an experience I will never forget!
However, with all the construction around us, and the loss of habitat on either side of us, it's been a long time since I heard the glorious song of a Carolina Wren.
Imagine my surprise when, a few weeks ago, I started hearing that unmistakable song. Could there be a Carolina Wren around again?
I was thrilled to see movement out on the patio and after watching for a while, I snuck outside with the camera.
This time, they chose to nest in the decorative watering can, seen on the right of the photo.
They spent the day come and going with mouthfuls of pine needles to make their nest.
This photo was taken early in the process. They kept going until the nest was nice and deep.
I know that wrens typically make two or more nests and then select the one they want to raise their family in and unfortunately, we haven't seen them in a couple of weeks.
The nest, although now complete, is empty. This could have to do with the fact that I, in my clumsy efforts to get a peek and a photo, disturbed momma twice and flushed her from the nest, or the fact that the metal watering can might get too warm when the setting sun hits it.
While they have been gone, I rearranged the shelf a little bit and moved the watering can back, so I could set a decorative (empty) bird feeder in front of it to block the sun. Hopefully that will prevent it from getting too hot.
I was woken up by the familiar song of a wren this morning, after two weeks of nothing. I can only hope that means they are back, or perhaps another pair.
I will resist the urge to go take a peek, and possibly disturb them again. Wish us luck!!
Words and photographs by Jayne Wilson, Green and Serene, Jayne's Country Garden.