All morning, we've been having the nicest rain, again. Just a light rain for several hours. The slow rain is so good because every bit of it will soak into the ground.
Recently, I posted about two wren nesting places on either side of my kitchen window.
Both of these have been in the same place for years and I think the wrens love them because they're under the eaves of the house and well protected from the weather.
This is a photo of both. See the hole they've made in the hanging basket?
On the 26th, the babies hatched in the one on the left. I can always tell because, suddenly there is lots of activity and you see the parents bringing insects to the nest and feeding them.
A few minutes ago, a carolina wren with an insect in it's beak, rested on the trellis outside my kitchen window and then flew into the hanging basket...WHAT???? I was confused. Then, I realized that the little wrens in the white bird house are a different kind of wren and this one was a carolina wren. So, they are nesting within a few feet of each other. That's so special to me, right outside of my kitchen window!
A couple of days ago, the carolina wren kept sitting in the portal of the white birdhouse. The mommy wren came back with an insect and kept hopping around, trying to figure out how to get in to feed her babies. Then, she just squeezed herself into the house. I kept thinking the wren resting in the portal for a couple of days was a baby from before or a sibling of the parents. I just couldn't figure it out.
Now, I'm wondering if the neighboring wren was just curiously watching the new babies.
Maybe because they're territorial, but I've always heard that birds will not nest close to each other.
But years ago, I saw a cardinal nest and a dove nest in one of my tall bushes. The nests were within a few feet of each other. When I see something like that, I always think it must be first time nesters and they don't know the rules, yet.
Nature is so fascinating. And, if you watch closely, you'll learn all kind of behaviors that you won't read about and may never see again.
TUES:A SOUTHERN DAYDREAMER,