Wait, Dear, You Want to Build Our Nest Where?

Green leaves!  Green leaves!  The deciduous shrubs are starting to leaf out!

Of course, this is a honeysuckle bush, which is – you guessed it – an invasive species.  So I probably shouldn’t be too happy to see it thriving, but after such a long, snowy winter, any greenery at all is welcome.

The birds are really getting down to business with their nests; a pair of Red-bellied Woodpeckers are nesting in a cavity in a tree right outside the lodge, and my favorite nest to visit is the Great-horned Owls in the dead tree down by the spring.  However, I think the Carolina Wrens win the prize for site selection.

They’ve taken up residence in the electrical box thingie* right next to the fire circle, our main outdoor meeting spot!  No, I don’t have mad crazy nest ID skills, I just know this is a Carolina Wren nest because I’ve seen the culprits flying in and out with nesting material.  I was wondering whether all the activity around them might eventually drive them away, but one of the other naturalists told me that a pair of wrens actually nests in this spot every year, so I guess they’re used to it.

Good luck, guys.  Anyway, I just finished registering online to get my Wilderness First Aid certification and take the GRE.  Yay?

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*Isn’t my knowledge of electrical engineering impressive?

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5 thoughts on “Wait, Dear, You Want to Build Our Nest Where?”

    1. Thanks for the comment! Sadly, I noticed the day after posting this that the nest had been removed. My boss hadn’t realized it was active and genuinely felt bad when I told her I’d been watching Carolina Wrens flying in and out with nest material. However, they hadn’t laid eggs yet so hopefully they’ll choose a different, more out-of-the-way spot to rebuild and be just fine.

  1. Don’t worry Rebecca, the male Carolina Wren usually builds at least two nests for the female to chose from so they probably had an alternative site. It is a shame though that you won’t be able to observe the proceedings unless you discover the other nest site.

    Each of the nests can take up to a week for a pair of wrens to build but they sure are persistent aren’t they? And fun to watch!

  2. Hi Rebecca, I just posted about a similar situation where a pair of Carolina Wrens has taken up residence in a hanging pot of living flowers on my front porch in Cumberland County, TN. So our situations are quite a bit alike. Have a wonderful day. I have enjoyed seeing your blog.

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