Wind Chimes and Carolina Wrens
Sandy has a number of wind chimes. Most of them hanging out under our covered patio top. We've gotten into the practice of buying at least one from each holiday destination we go to. The most recent is a wood/wicker one which is made to represent a thatched roofed tropical "hut". The functional purpose of the hut, since it has a round doorway in the side is of course to serve as a birdhouse. It is a wind chime because it has cut bamboo sections hanging below which are of differing lengths, hung on strings at differing lengths from the floor of the hut, and painted to present a tropical look. This one was purchased in Hawaii when we were there last summer. I don't recall on which island.
We've often had Carolina Wrens frequent our back garden (along with many other bird varieties) but the Carolina Wren is one which often will fly onto the patio and perch on either one of the supporting columns or some other object there. Now a Carolina Wren couple has discovered the little bird house on the top of the wind chime. We have watched them explore it even to the point of entering through the doorway on the side.
Naturally our thoughts were that they were planning on nesting there. For some time that did not appear to be their intent as much as to use it as a sleeping place. Though they generally come late enough after dark so that we don't see them enter it, when we turn on the outside light we can see in the shadows an object protruding through the opening. That is the tail of one of the birds. I know. I touched it with my finger once and obviously upset at the intrusion and frightened by it, I saw TWO birds quickly fly out. Ok, I won't disturb you any more.
Still there was no evidence of nesting. When looking out at night we could still see the protruding tail so I know they have been regularly using it for sleeping. Not easy to see inside, I used a mirror and a flashlight about a week ago to examine the floor of it trying to be careful not to disturb anything that might be inside. The floor was clean so still no nesting.
That all changed today when we observed both of the birds flying around and landing on the wooden roof support column which is very close to the hanging bird house wind chime. Then we observed one of them with a scrap of twiggy material fly to it and enter with that in its beak. Now the nesting will start.
The weather has started to turn nice outside and though we may have more chilly days to come before winter is effectively over, the feel of Spring is in the air. And we can remember that old adage, "in the Spring a young man's thoughts turn to..........." In this case, we can say, "in the Spring a young Carolina Wren's thoughts turn to romance."
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