Baby House Wrens!
We’re home! Judy and I got home just last night from the Upper Peninsula. There are a lot of developments in the garden, almost all positive, which I’ll get to soon. However, we’ve spent much of today doting over the baby House Wrens in the yellow birdhouse right outside our back porch.
I only ventured out for about thirty minutes at a time, because today has been miserably sweltering. Finally I gave up and spent most of the day with Judy, reading and watching the birds outside the back porch windows. They are better than Netflix!
We were aware that at least one House Wren had been living in the yellow birdhouse, but we weren’t sure if it was a bachelor pad or a fixer-upper for a young family. The latter conclusion was suggested as we watched both adult Wrens flit back and forth delivering caterpillars and various other insect tidbits.
Then we saw the baby Wrens – first one, then two together. Wrens lay clutches of between 3 and 10 eggs. Could there be more babies in there? We couldn’t really tell.
Apparently being a bird parent is exhausting! The ecologist Doug Tallamy watched a pair of Chickadees (another small songbird) spend 14 hours a day delivering insects to their offspring in the nest. He calculated that it took between 6,000 and 9,000 insects to raise a clutch of Chickadees to maturity. This is one reason why you want plentiful insect life in your garden.
According to Cornell University’s All About Birds website, House Wrens can have one or two broods per year, so maybe between our four birdhouses there are many more avian grandchildren yet to come!