We have a real family nesting in our planter by the front door. I’ve been watching Mama scoot in and out of the nest area on a regular basis, but yesterday afternoon, two similar looking birds flew out of the planter at the same time. Caused me to wonder if Dad was part of the package.
After doing some research, I now know more than I would have ever thought possible about Carolina Wrens. It turns out that Dad is involved in all aspects of child rearing. And his involvement starts long before the feeding and nurturing part.
It seems that the perky little brownish colored Carolina Wrens mate for life. The male actually builds a number of nests, and the female gets to choose the one she likes best. Both parents take care of the hatchlings, feeding them a diet of primarily insects.
According to the information that I’ve been reading, the babies leave the nest when they are 12 to 14 days old, so they should be with us for another couple of weeks.
I wish I had a picture to share, but I’ve been trying to stay away from the planter to give them some space and privacy. I have to be satisfied with peeking through the window at this point.