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Saturday, June 22, 2013

The Wren's Nest




This fantastically constructed Wren's Nest has been hanging in our Picnic Tree for several years.





It didn't fall out of the tree.  A strong wind broke the branch it had been built upon.





It was still there a few days ago. Can you see it?





You might have to sharpen your wits a little.





Now you can see it.









Will she build another nest? 






You can watch from the Guest Cottage.






And I can watch from the house. It's just across the courtyard. 

Have a wonderful weekend my dear 
Blogging Friends. 

Gina 

 
 
 
 


16 comments:

  1. Dear Gina,
    we have Wrens in the garden. Once they made a nest inside a potted Ivy topiary,well protected from view. They are indeed well constructed and quite heavy.Love that view toward your house with all the potted plants. Looks like Italy to me.
    Have a wonderful weekend, Sieglinde

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    1. Dear Sieglinde, I have read that Wrens like to tuck their nests into little spaces, hidden from everyone. This nest was built so it would hang from a branch, swinging in the breeze. Similar to certain birds from Africa who build their nests upside down. I know that you also like potted plants and have them everywhere. It is such an easy way to garden albeit a bit of extra watering has to be part of the program. Have a great week ahead. ox, Gina

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  2. Beautiful little nest - it looks as if it has been constructed out of sewing threads and hair.
    Your wren looks very similar to ours - they are delightful little birds, but ours tend to build their nests in crevices in the walls, often hidden by a bush or tree. Our little wrens run around on the ground and look like little clockwork toys scuttling under the plants and low growing shrubs, I wonder if yours do the same.

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    1. Dear Rosemary, This little wren found hair from a Horses tail, and plastic webbing from a feed sack with soft cotton for lining the inside. A few sturdy sticks and a most complicated construction around the limb of the tree completed the job.
      I love the way you described the way your wrens are scuttling about. I can see it just from your descrition. Our wrens must be of a different kind, they spend more time in the air than on the ground. ox, Gina

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  3. What beautiful creations...birds nests and this one too is so amazing! I love Wrens and in fact just had 6 little Carolina Wrens that fledged this past week. I can imagine the view from where you stand and I do hope that they will build another proud nest and raise at least one clutch of young this season~

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    1. Dear Mary, You are the expert on birds and maybe you are correct in that the wren wlll come back to build another nest. I do miss her song. It is so different from the many other birds we have. We have hundreds of ordinary sparrows living in our roof tiles and they are very vociferous. But I like the spunky little fellows. ox, Gina

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  4. Dear Gina,

    I find it interesting that the wren built her nest on such an outer limb, where it was more likely to be buffeted by the elements. I'm sure she had her reasons, but it does remind me of the nursery rhyme of the cradle rocking in the tree, and I suppose that's a pretty good analogy!

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    1. Dear Mark. Our wren built her nest so well that it stayed in the tree for years. It took a very strong wind to break off the limb. When I examined the nest I could see that it was perfectly adapted to swing and bend with the wind. She had built a masterpiece.
      I'm going to look up your nursery rhyme because I'm not familiar with it. See, I learn something new from you all the time.

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  5. Your little wren built a lovely nest, and I hope that some new wrens were raised there. Also hope that your wren will return and build another nest. What a talented sculptor!

    xo

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    1. Dear Frances, One almost has to have the nest in ones hands to see how really intricately it was constructed. I hope to see another nest, if only for comparison.

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  6. Dear Gina,

    You're so lucky to have a wren family as neighbors... A few years ago, I had a couple of Carolina Wrens who would sit and sing in the tree just outside my sun room- what a delight! They have a lovely song. I hope yours rebuilds-- it looks like that tree would be prime real estate for birds!
    Warm regards,
    Erika

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    1. Dear Erika, We have so many birds nearby. Some rare but mostly the ordinary kind. All are welcome...those that have a beautiful song and those that just make a lot of noise. This time of year and early in the morning we have to shout to hear each other. Yes, we are lucky. ox, Gina

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  7. I love the horse's hair in it! I have many wrens and other birds and find hair from the cow's tails in them.

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  8. Dear Theresa, Because we have so many strong winds we see a lot of nests on the ground which have fallen from the trees. I'm always amazed at the diversity of the materials used by our birds. Some I can identify, some not. A happy week to you. ox, Gina

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  9. Beautiful post! Your home and landscape is beautiful!

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  10. Gina, how wonderful to be able to observe this right from the house. And what a treat for your guests! I love our wrens, and although I rarely see them and haven't ever found one of their nests, their incredible song is a glorious addition to our dawn chorus, which is majorly made up of our dear Robins. So I especially loved the video you included as I could see them in action. :)

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