At the end of March, two Carolina wrens built a nest in the wreath on our front porch. It was there for a week with no residents. Then one morning, the mom was in the nest, sitting quietly. I watched her for two weeks. Every now and then, I’d look in at her. She’d look back at me as if to say, “Nothing yet.”
(At that point, my cats were officially not allowed to go outside.)
Then the babies hatched. And I watched them for about two more weeks, being as careful as I could not to make any noise whenever I walked by. There were five babies in all.
After about 14 days, they had little beards and lots of fuzz. I could tell they were ready for the big world.
In my last post, I wrote about blowing off an entire day to sit by my front door and watch these wrens leave their nest. I sat there just watching the parents feed them. I had my digital camera, and I happened to catch them at the very moment they left for good. There were four wrens at this point, and my camera ran out of space before I could catch the last two birds leaving. (This wasn’t a movie camera. I was just using the “movie” setting on my digital camera.)
The two birds here went first. And right after they flew, the other two came right out of the nest, like clowns coming out of a VW. They leapt off the wreath pretty quickly. I saw them all twice in my yard the next day, still getting flight lessons from their parents. But I haven’t seen them since. So many of you have written to tell me your own stories about baby birds. And lots of you have asked about how these little guys were doing. This is a gift for you!
This is my first attempt at creating a movie on my computer. I hope you enjoy it in spite of the fact that I was filming behind a glass door!