I wrote a couple weeks back about a Carolina Wren that had decided to nest in a forgotten (by me) nest box left sitting on my grill.  Five eggs were laid in a two-day period, April 30-May 1.

I’ll admit, we’ve been careless and forget she’s there (she’s at waist height on my deck, it’s kinda hard to avoid her) – and up until now, every time you walk by, she’d fly out to a nearby tree and scold.

DSC_1137Well, I got home from work on Tuesday (May 16th) and the boys reported we had three chicks and an unhatched egg.  At least, that’s what they could see.  By Wednesday – no eggs, just a pile of chicks.  And I’ll be honest I can’t count them, due to a combination of low light and a tangle of beaks, legs, skin and fluff.  I hope all 5 made it.

Interesting, to me at least, is that mom will not leave her nest when you walk by anymore.  She’ll sit there and stare at me, a marked change in behavior that clearly indicates the change from incubation, to raising young.  The only way I got the picture of the chicks was to notice her fly out and up to the rooftop for an evening song.

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Good Mama, protecting the brood

Eggs took 16 days to hatch.  It’s going to get crowded in there REALLY soon!

Get Out There

Troy

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