The Little Birds, a Miracle of Nature – Part 2


Pair of wrens

Pair of wrens

Success. What a wonderful word. I’m sure that it is very appropriate even when applied to acts of Nature. I’m talking about the Wrens and the babies they have been raising just 2 feet from my back door. See my original blog.

Yesterday, I went outside and spotted one of the babies on the ground under the nest. So I carefully picked it up and placed it back in the nest. Next thing I knew, the second baby jumped out and landed in a box containing glassware to be re-cycled. I fished that one out and put it back in the nest and the first one jumped out again and landed under a small step into the doggie door. I moved the step and rescued the baby bird and put it back in the nest and became aware that both of the parent birds were no more than 5-6 feet away from me and kicking up a fuss.

Then it dawned on me. The bird that I had seen yesterday on the brim of the hat was getting ready for the “big event” The birds were deliberately jumping out because it was time for them to leave the nest and all I was doing was getting in the way. My pathetic efforts of rescue were misguided so I hastily bid a quick retreat and from a safe distance, watched as the parent birds coaxed the babies into the air. The first couple of flights were short and ended up with the babies crashing onto the ground but finally they were up, although somewhat shakily, following their parents into the nearest tree.

Then I lost sight of them but could hear them still in the trees as they acclimatized themselves to their new mode of transport. I was so fortunate that I was able to witness this phase of the baby’s life and even luckier to be able to hold them both. They were so small and so delicate and yet perfectly formed. I walked around for the rest of the day like a proud father with his first newborn.

Today, when I went outside, I could hear the babies around somewhere as they demanded food from their parents but was not able to see them. I consider myself one of the lucky few to be able to watch Mother Nature in all of her glory, so close as these Wrens went about raising their two babies. I felt even more grateful that the babies survived to fly off and join the world of nature.

The Little Birds Don’t Know When to Quit


My hat and the nest in it

My hat and the nest in it

I wrote in an earlier blog of my experiences with a pair of Wrens that busily went about their business of building a nest, laying a couple of eggs and finally spending their time in trying to raise their chicks. Read the blog. They did all of this no more than 10 feet away from where I was busy tearing up the deck and then repairing the septic system that was underneath it. Unfortunately, this story does not have a happy ending as one morning when I noticed how quiet it was and peeked into the nest which incidentally, was in a pair of waders that I had hung up, I found a large tree snake that had crawled up onto the patio table and then up the waders and had eaten the two babies. The adult birds were in the trees above me chirping away like mad either at me or at the snake or both. Anyway, the end of that story was in me carrying the snake further down the garden and releasing it to live another day. At the same time, I removed the waders so as not to tempt the Wrens to re-use that particular nest.

About three weeks ago, I noticed a pair of Wrens building a nest in one of my wide brimmed hats that I have hanging up outside my back door. This nest is no more than two feet away from me when I use the door to go in and out and I wondered how the Wrens and I were going to share the space. It turns out that they chose to ignore me while they were taking turns to sit on the eggs of which again, there are two and now they are feeding their babies, they wait for me to move away before they approach the nest. I can see them on the bird feeder that I built patiently awaiting for me to move so I hurry out so as to give them their space.

Close up of the nest

Close up of the nest

I have peeked in the nest a couple of time, once when one of the birds was sitting on the eggs as I startled it and it flew out and I had to leave the back light on for it to find its way back that evening . Must not have done any damage as the eggs both hatched. Now as I glance in on my way into the house, all I can see are the two little birds with their beaks wide open as they beg for food. They make a lot of noise when either of the parent birds are near as they clamor to be fed.

Even as I write this, the parent birds a hustling back and forth each with something in their beak to feed their hungry babies. I spent some time watching and it occurred to me that their trips were not as frequent with food as the first pair of birds. I think that food is not as plentiful now that things have warmed up as it was when I was working on the septic system which was a couple of months ago. The parent birds are having to work a lot harder to find food.

I snuck another look inside the nest and one of the babies was getting adventurous and was climbing out onto the brim of the hat. It just sat there as we looked at each other but hustled back inside when the parent bird came back.

You can just see one of the babies

You can just see one of the babies

The quality of the pictures are not the best. There is so much yellow around, I couldn’t get it out of the shot. Obviously, this is an unfinished story and there will be a part 2 to report on the babies progress hopefully up to when they learn to fly. Stay posted