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Thu May 21, 2020, 06:39 PM

Updated!! Short story made long . . . the best kind!

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Okay, so I've been gifted a clothes washer and dryer from the estate of a friend's mother. Really need them as I'm paranoid of going to the Laundromat as there's only one in town and it's kinda crowded--makes social distancing difficult. Scheduled pickup date as Wednesday of the coming week.

First thing I do is clear out the space in the garage where the hookups are. I did that on Sunday and left the garage door open all day as I was coming and going. Same on Monday.

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On Tuesday I discover that wrens have made a nest in the cubby where the washer hookups are. Arrgggg, I have to destroy their nest which I do and close the garage door to keep them out. I feel like a real shit for doing it but what else to do?

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On Wednesday morning I look out my sliding glass door onto my balcony and see . . . an almost complete wren's nest with the mated pair working industrially finishing it.

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As I type this Mommy wren is sitting in her nest and Daddy wren is steppin' n fetchin' food. In an amazingly short time the clutch of eggs will hatch, fledglings grow to maturity, be lured from the nest by Mom & Dad and then taught to find food on their own.

It's one of the things that make me smile . . .

Update. We have eggs!!

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Reply Updated!! Short story made long . . . the best kind! (Original post)
flamin lib Thursday OP
MuseRider Thursday #1
flamin lib Thursday #4
MuseRider Thursday #6
Ferrets are Cool Thursday #2
flamin lib Thursday #7
CaliforniaPeggy Thursday #3
flamin lib Thursday #5
CaliforniaPeggy Thursday #9
Talitha Thursday #8
flamin lib Thursday #10
littlemissmartypants Thursday #11
3Hotdogs Friday #12
flamin lib Friday #13
flamin lib Friday #15
Karadeniz Friday #14
eppur_se_muova Friday #16
czarjak Saturday #17
marble falls Yesterday #18
TygrBright Yesterday #19
HAB911 12 hrs ago #20

Response to flamin lib (Original post)

Thu May 21, 2020, 06:41 PM

1. Awwww, great story and pictures!

Did you get your washer and dryer?

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Response to MuseRider (Reply #1)

Thu May 21, 2020, 06:50 PM

4. Yes! Clean sheets at last!!!

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Response to flamin lib (Reply #4)

Thu May 21, 2020, 06:52 PM

6. Hooray!

Nothing like freshly clean sheets! Enjoy.

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Response to flamin lib (Original post)

Thu May 21, 2020, 06:42 PM

2. We are fortunate enough to have 3 different families of wrens

that nest and hatch here at our home. It is a gift to watch them flutter down from their nests and learn to fly, all while their parents watch on in support. (Or so it seems to me)

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Response to Ferrets are Cool (Reply #2)

Thu May 21, 2020, 06:54 PM

7. Parent birds to teach the fledglings to find food.

I've seen Cardinals, Cowbirds and wood peckers of various kinds teaching their progeny to find food. It's fascinating behavior.

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Response to flamin lib (Original post)

Thu May 21, 2020, 06:47 PM

3. What a great story, my dear flamin lib! And with photos too!

Good thing they had time to remake the nest before the eggs arrive!

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #3)

Thu May 21, 2020, 06:51 PM

5. If you notice the timeline it only takes 24 hours to build a nest

TWICE!!

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Response to flamin lib (Reply #5)

Thu May 21, 2020, 07:25 PM

9. Ah, I missed that! Thanks for filling me in. They ARE efficient! n/t

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Response to flamin lib (Original post)

Thu May 21, 2020, 07:18 PM

8. Listening to birdsongs as you fold your clean laundry - can't ask for more than that!

Glad things worked out so well for all involved.
They're cute as a button and very loud for their tiny size.

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Response to Talitha (Reply #8)

Thu May 21, 2020, 07:51 PM

10. Birdsong begins in earnest at 5:30 AM.

The little town I live in begins it's day about then. People leave for work, my neighbor's dogs bark at them as the pass, and the birds sing. About then the dawning light comes through the three skylights and the two double glass doors in my bedroom. Sunrise is about 7 AM and by then I'm on my second cup of coffee. I live in a tree house and it suits me well.

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Response to flamin lib (Original post)

Thu May 21, 2020, 11:59 PM

11. Beautiful story. Great photos. I love birds. Thanks for sharing this, flamin lib. ❤nt

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Response to flamin lib (Original post)

Fri May 22, 2020, 11:54 AM

12. Pls update with photos, eggs and chicks

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Response to 3Hotdogs (Reply #12)

Fri May 22, 2020, 03:13 PM

13. I'll do that. It's hard to avoid seeing them progress as the nest is about 10

feet from my bed. I see them first thing in the morning and last thing at night.

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Response to 3Hotdogs (Reply #12)

Fri May 22, 2020, 04:36 PM

15. Oops, I lied about the distance from my bed.

According to my tape measure it's 12 feet from where I lay my head at night.

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Response to flamin lib (Original post)

Fri May 22, 2020, 03:36 PM

14. Much needed antidote to all the doom and gloom...and congrats on the washer, dryer!

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Response to flamin lib (Original post)

Fri May 22, 2020, 08:12 PM

16. We have wrens nesting in a decorative twig 'wreath' hanging beside out front door ...

I've had to learn to remember not to disturb then when I'm using the door. If I face away and keep my distance, mama wren is OK; otherwise, she sprints away.

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Response to flamin lib (Original post)

Sat May 23, 2020, 02:06 AM

17. Return to Nature. Every time! Glad for my time!

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Response to flamin lib (Original post)

Sun May 24, 2020, 09:03 AM

18. We have a pair every year at least in our porch nests. They work hard feeding the brood ...

and then one day in late May - early June - shove the babies out and off they go together.

I've only seen it twice - in fifteen minutes or less - they're gone. Its worth the three or so weeks they'll be there - the wrens (here at least) stay year round and they eat a ton of bugs.

They aren't afraid of us, if we're sitting they come around us. If we're standing or walking around, they'll station in the Oak and yell at us. They know the cat can't get to them and they ignore the heck out of him.

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Response to flamin lib (Original post)

Sun May 24, 2020, 02:35 PM

19. I LOVE a happy ending! Thanks for sharing! n/t

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Response to flamin lib (Original post)

Mon May 25, 2020, 08:52 AM

20. They are so quick to build a nest

I left the back door of my garage open for most of one day. I have a hatrack with 4 hardhats from my previous life, and they built a nest in one of those in less than a day. Also felt bad to remove it, so made them another option with an old mailbox mounted on a fence post, which they used this year.

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