Wednesday, March 16, 2016

DETOUR! Construction Zone

A couple weeks ago we noticed some random sticks poking out of a birdhouse we had installed on our patio overhang. We kept an eye on the activity and soon discovered that a pair of Bewick's Wrens was moving in.

Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii) is commonly seen in our yard year round. It is a handsome little bird, about 5-1/2" long with a brown back, grayish-white below and a bold white eyebrow stripe. They are very vocal, and have a variety of scolding chatters and pretty little songs.

They are also very active and inquisitive. We often see them in our yard poking through leaf litter, probing along the block walls and actively searching through our trees for the insects and spiders that make up their diet. They also come to our suet feeders.

Three days ago the wren pair switched away from sticks, and started bringing in fluffy material to finish off their nest. The pair was working so quickly that sometimes they would run into each other while entering and exiting the nest hole. We supplemented their building material by placing dryer lint and hair from our hairbrushes in a nearby tree.

The bird house is right above our office door, and close to our front entry. We are detouring through the garage door on the other side of the house for the time being, to give the pair an undisturbed area to work in.

"The road to success is always under construction."
~ Lily Tomlin

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