The Carolina Wrens were back this year to make their nest in the window box outside the kitchen window. As a surprise another couple, maybe one of last year’s babies, selected a very strange place to build a new nest.
This nest was built in the window underneath the air conditioning unit in our master bedroom. It has been very productive! This season the nest produced two clutches. Over the past few weeks, I had become very accustomed to hearing chirps and commotion every day around 4:30 am. This was the time the sun was rising and feeding time commenced. The routine became like an alarm clock to me; one that made me feel happy to know that the babies were thriving.
This morning around 4:30 am the nest sounded a bit frantic. The peeping was louder and I could hear the song of the Carolina Wren in the distance. It lasted no longer than a minute and then things settled down. I went back to sleep. When I woke I glanced out into the yard from an upstairs window. I noticed something fuzzy on the back of the rattan chair below. I went downstairs to get a closer look. I had not a clue what it was.
As I slowly peeked at the chair from around the wall in the kitchen, I instantly realized what that fluffy shape was. It was the baby birds. All nuzzled together, they were fuzzy little bits of poofy new life. I watched intently not wanting to miss a second of this fleeting moment. Then, with the call of the parents, one-by-one they were off to start their new adventures in this new great big world.
Photo Credit: Tilly’s Nest