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08 June 2018
A pair of Bewick's Wrens decided to raise a family in our backyard this year. They took up residence in a birdhouse built at a Lowe's Build and Grow Saturday workshop (sadly, no longer being run at Lowe's. Try the Home Depot) and placed in the yard many years ago; ignored by our avian neighbors until now.
The birdhouse has a pivoting roof panel giving easy access to the chamber. Presumably for cleaning, it also makes for an easy way to check on the nest when the parents are out hunting.
In early May, the behavior of the wrens changed, making us suspect that nesting had begin. The female was spending more time in the nest, and the male was bringing her food. On 10 May, we got confirmation, getting a picture of four eggs in the nest. On 13 May, we got a surprise -- there was a fifth egg!
|13 May 2018 -- Five eggs!|
|16 May 2018 -- Hatched.|
|19 May 2018 -- Altrical baby birds are all sorts of ugly.|
|22 May 2018 -- Feathers coming in, eyes opening.|
|25 May 2018 -- Fully aware.|
|28 May 2018 -- Outgrowing the nest.|
|31 May 2018 -- Outgrowing the birdhouse.|
|1 June 2018 -- Feed me!|
|2 June 2018 -- Fledged!|
At the end of the day, we were treated to our first and only sighting of the juvenile wrens outside the nest, clumsily flying around the yard with their parents keeping them in check. They were adorable. They bounded around for a few minutes, occasionally being fed by the parents, until the family left the yard, and entered the big, wide world around them.
I wish them well.
|2 June 2018 -- Our last sighting of the juvenile wrens.|