My clotheline runs to the deck railing right above this birdhouse, so I had lots of opportunities to watch these little birds while I was hanging up laundry. They didn't tolerate my presence very well and there was plenty of scolding--especially when I lingered to try and get pictures of them. They would disappear into the hostas under the deck (searching for insects, I suppose) and never come back out till I went in the house.
It was difficult to see inside the house and as I have observed in other wren nests where I could look inside, they situate the nest on the farthest back wall of the house. I think there were 3 babies in this brood.
The feeding activity had been quite frantic through the end of last week and I could hear the babies chirping loudly from inside the house. But every time I snuck over to look inside and see one of the little ones, they would duck down and disappear.
On Saturday morning, this little one appeared on the feeding tray on the deck right above the house. I know lots of people don't like wrens, but isn't this baby just the cutest little thing? I just love that little tail!We had a bad thunderstorm on Saturday night, so I hope this little one survived.
The other babies didn't fledge until today. Wouldn't you want to get out of this house? I can't believe they can survive the heat we've had in a tiny little house like this that receives direct afternoon sunlight.
Anyway, it was very quiet out there this afternoon while I was hanging out laundry. I'll miss those little wrens in the backyard. The nesting season is slowly winding down, although I still have the baby goldfinches and cedar waxwings to look forward to. And, my biggest surprise.....while mowing the other day, I found 5 more eggs in one of the bluebird boxes! This will be a late hatch for them, but hopefully we'll have quite a few more weeks of summer weather to aid this bluebird pair in raising their third brood of this year.