The Nest

IMG_1130Life is full of surprises. We have planters on either side of our front door. When I went out to water the geraniums yesterday, I noticed that one planter had a tangle of straw and twigs bunched up in the middle of the plants.

When I reached in to remove the tangle, I was startled to see that the clump of debris was covering a nest that housed four little eggs.

Now, I know next to nothing about birds ( except for the research I’ve done on our friendly Cardinal and his partner who are still visiting, by the way,) but our friends Peter and Fay know everything there is to know, so I made a quick call. Fay suggested that it might be the nest of a Carolina Wren, since they are noted for tucking nests into often inappropriate places.

From what I can tell, she was right on the mark. Pictures of nests of eggs produced by Carolina Wrens that I’ve seen on line look exactly like the nest in our planter. The gestation period is a couple of weeks, so we’ll be watching for new arrivals. Hope the geraniums survive in the meantime. Baby birds take priority!IMG_1132

About Mary Jane

I am a retired English teacher. My husband, Frank, and I have lived on Cape Cod since 2000. I am a lifelong bread baker and writer and have been posting a blog on Falmouth Patch for the last few years. Savory Seasons has been largely devoted to recipes and food in general. I am hoping to expand my focus in this new blog.
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2 Responses to The Nest

  1. Wow, that’s pretty neat. I am enjoying a cup of coffee looking at a beautiful cardinal…he is staying close to an azalea shrub just below our side deck of the porch… Last night for about an hour or so Peter and I listened to a young fox…”barking”. I went to a website too that clearly helped to identify the strange high pitched Yelp…

  2. Mary Jane says:

    Life in the jungle! We have a coyote and wild turkeys too.

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