Frick and Frack

My favorite little birds, Frick and Frack the Carolina Wrens, are at it again. The pair is determined to build a nest on my back porch. On this day I was sipping my coffee when they appeared. Not to disturb them, I snapped the photos with my cell phone and are not the best quality.

Frick showed up with a beak full of nesting material landing on the rain gauge in the bed next to the porch

The bird could clearly see me on the porch and moved in closer.

Frick then decided to try a stealth move and head under the grill. But I was still there on my chair.

Meanwhile, Frack came in from the other direction and landed on a chair across the table from me. I am still there.

Nonetheless, the Wren headed over to the plant that was chosen for their nest and added the nesting material. Unfortunately, the Peace Plant was given to me for the birth of my last child and I do not want to give up watering it, so it had to be moved.

I set up an alternative nesting site with a bird bottle. But the Carolina Wrens showed no interest and were gone for awhile. I thought I had discouraged them from building on the porch.

Suddenly, Frick and Frack were back, quickly built a nest in another plant with the help of a third wren (can’t figure that one out) and laid eggs.

The wrens are sitting on the nest which is located near the busy backdoor.

Unfortunately, there was a sad ending to the story. One morning when I checked the nest, all the eggs were gone. Some animal found the nest and ate the eggs. Yes it is the “circle of life”, but it is hard to witness.

*This happened about a month ago and it was difficult to write the unhappy ending. Of course, this is how nature works.

17 Comments on “Frick and Frack”

  1. pbmgarden says:

    Aww, that is sad. Carolina Wrens are sweet little birds.

  2. shoreacres says:

    I’ll imagine that they went off to a safer spot and gave it another try. A friend solved her problem with wren nest robbers by hanging a couple of cheap buckets under a patio cover, leaving just enough room for the birds to fly in and start construction. Because they were away from the roof’s edge, there wasn’t a way for squirrels, etc., to get to the buckets. At least, they didn’t.

    You’re right that it’s hard to see these little dramas play out, but it’s a part of life.

  3. I think the wrens know you! I saw a Mockingbird trying to chase a black racer away from its nest this week. Not sure what happened but I did not like to see it..

  4. Tina says:

    Frick and Frack!! I was thinking of them recently, realizing that you hadn’t written about them in a while. Glad they’re trying the homesteading thing again, but maybe they should choose a different spot? 🙂

  5. carol says:

    Not to worry, they are probably rebuilding somewhere as we speak….. too tenacious to give up now!

  6. Eliza Waters says:

    Oh, too sad. Nature can be tough for birds. We have a nest on our front porch, too. I don’t dare to peer in and we try to use the back entrance. Last I checked, I spooked her, so I haven’t checked since. Fingers crossed!

  7. Deb says:

    Aww.. wrens are cute that’s for sure! Know the feeling of having eggs eaten! My little hen had hers taken a week ago.😢. I’m sure it was a black snake for I have seen it around the hen house. Guess it most have gotten hungry after it reduced the rat population,so I’m not going to complain to loudly.

  8. susurrus says:

    Oh dear. Bless their little hearts – and yours. In some bird species, it is not unusual for relatives to help each other when nesting.

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