Friday, April 22, 2011

Eggs in the bird nest

Count them. One, two, three, four, five, six, seven speckled little Carolina wren eggs. Sitting in a tree...wait, no, sitting in a ...hat!

We're had a wren flying in and out of the garage now for weeks. We tried to keep her from making the nest, but now that we've discovered it, we're keeping the garage open so she can stay with her eggs.

This is an old Sombrero left over from a fiesta-themed summer party. Imagine my surprise to find that it's become a stylish condo for Mrs. Wren.

Her cousin was nesting in the garage last spring -- here she's in a lovely blue and white porcelain flower pot. Sadly, opening and closing of the garage door before we knew she was there kept her from the nest too long and there were no babies last spring.

I'm hoping we found the hat nest in time this year.

8 comments:

Carol said...

I went to clean out the BBQ grill last week and there was a nest with 5 eggs. So we didn't grill and won't be until they have left the nest. I go out there an peak to see if they've hatched but so far all I've seen is a very angry Moma.

Diana said...

Carol - My neighbor had a squirrel trying to make a nest in her grill - but they caught it before it go very far and disassembled it and the Momma was furious & tore up her patio furniture! I have another nest of swallows - I'm waiting until they hatch to post them.

getgrounded said...

Ole'! She has exquisite taste and found a designer condo at a great rate in this market. Of course, you are now going to need to provide Armani worms and Dolce and Gabbana crickets. Can't wait to see what the babies think of their fancy digs.

Janet, The Queen of Seaford said...

Those Wrens are so funny about where they will find a place to put a nest. I have one who put a nest in the top of our propane tank lid. So far we don't have any eggs.
You were right about the blue in the meadow, it does remind me a bit of the Bluebonnets.

Diana said...

Getgrounded - I so wish that they would not nest in such human places. Now I'm worried about those eggs. If they don't open in 14 days, they won't be hatching. But she certainly did pick some fancy digs!

Janet - Wonder what the appeal was with the propane tank lid?! What a strange place...kinda like the hat!

Lancashire rose said...

&, that must be a world record. I thought the max was 5. As to the shunning of bird houses. I brought a beautiful thatched one back from England. Has anyone ever been in it. No. But the tea pot and the old towel in the pottingshed and the plastic salad bowl with plant detritus in the greenhouse. Those are the places they like to nest. Even so, your bird houses are a delight to behold, full or empty. And I just rememebered, last year it was on the front gate in the pot with your grandfather's pipe.

Diana said...

Lancashire Rose - Actually, I have one more pretty red painted house like the green one that I bought at the Zilker Garden Fest, but I forgot to take a picture of it! The houses are in the woods where we tons of birds and 8 feeders!

Jayne said...

Isn't it amazing where they make their nests and lay their eggs? I love the sombrero :-) We have one nesting in a container on the patio. I wonder if it's the same wren that nested in the same container last year.