This is some bird lore… We all try to see the spring bird nests but they are elusive. We had the house hardy-boarded last month and when the workers took the gutters off of the house for the hardy-boarding to begin they found this nest in the gutter off the front living room window. I have no idea which bird made this nest but the interesting thing about it is that it is a very tight weave all around the top opening. The wren’s nest that is posted next is a very loose weave at the top rim. Maybe I will find out which little bird made this nest. The gutter was covered so it had to be a very little bird to be able to get into the gutter.
This is a wren’s nest from earlier this year that I saved. I may do a watercolor painting of it. I love the three little speckled eggs. I did wonder why she left them. This nest is really a pretty one. Each year there seems to be a game-on with the wrens to see who can get the nesting spots on the breezeway from the kitchen to the garage. It is an area where we do all the potting and repotting so there are shelves with many vases, jars, chemicals, pots, orchid supplies, hangers over a 12′ area. We usually house three to four families several times a year. I have a metal chicken on the banister of the breezeway backed up to a post and there is a nest in the backside/bottom area under the tail feathers the artist left open….now there is a wren’s nest in there.
This nest is an old one I have saved for 3 years and there is one tiny egg that was left in it. It is also a Carolina Wren’s nest. In this nest she tucked in quite a bit of moss for the soft spot. You can see some on the outside hanging out at upper right. There are many stairs that lead down the property to the lake that display mosses of various complicated names that she can choose from to make her nest appealing and “just right”.
There are so many wrens in my yard that I named my In-Home Gallery, Working Studio, Teaching Facility & Office, “Wren Hill Gallery”. It is the whole downstairs that looks out at the water. We live on a 33 acre lake down a steep hill nestled in by the trees at lakeside….you are invited…..come visit.