I recently got a new birdbath. It is clear, yellow, looks great in the garden and can be seen from my kitchen window. It is a replacement for an old one, that the birds loved. As it turns out, the birds hate this one. I thought it was because of being clear, so I added some stones. Not one bird has stopped by.
The new birdbath is easy to keep clean and always has fresh water in it, but that does not seem to be enough to entice the birds. The very cute Carolina Wrens prefer a bath in this toad station that is always dirty.
Or sometimes they use the rim of the upside down fire pit when it holds water.
The wrens, Frick and Frack will even take a soak in plant saucers, which are not clean at all. Even the Cardinals prefer the water from the dirty saucers.
I found evidence of the Wrens enjoying a couples’ spa day. After a soak they finished with a mud bath in the planter (notice two dents). Sometimes we can try to do what we think wildlife would like, but it doesn’t always work out that way. I guess the new birdbath will just have to please me and not the birds.
PS I am shopping for a new one that they will like and I have another one that the rabbits and squirrels enjoy along with the birds.
My favorite duo are at it again. The Carolina Wrens, Frick and Frack have decided to build a nest in a big pot on the back porch.
I was able to shoot these photos from a window as they worked hard all morning long.
Sadly, I am going to have to dash their dreams of a new home as it is right next to the back door and I know they will not be happy there.
I think this project may be their second nest of the year, as a juvenile was following them around. The Wrens are smart and resourceful and I am sure they will find a better place for starting their next family.
The planter on my patio table has been constantly dug up.
Dirt from the planter is flung all over the table and floor. What animal was doing this? Naturally, squirrels were the first suspect. I even put red pepper on the dirt.
One day the culprit was finally revealed. It was none other than my Carolina Wrens, Frick and Frack that have been taking a dirt bath in the planter. The first time I witnessed the bath, one of the Wrens enjoyed the dirt for quite awhile and ended with a grand finale of throwing dirt high in the air.
I caught them again and was able to snap a quick photo through the kitchen window with my cell phone. Frack enjoyed the bath while Frick watched from a chair. I didn’t get Frick in the photo.
Several times every morning, this Red Bellied Woodpecker drills on that same piece of gutter. It took a few times of running out of the house to see what the noise was about until I discovered the Woodpecker. This behavior has been going on well over a month. This guy needs to find a mate!
Frick and Frack, the Carolina Wrens, built another nest on the porch in a pot next to the back door. They wisely decided to abandon it, probably due to the constant slamming of the door. The Wrens did not go far and have been in the yard with their new brood.
Another bird sighting that I was unable to photograph, is several young American Robins. Robins usually head north for the summer, but in recent years they have begun to stay here on the steamy Gulf Coast. I am thrilled to have them singing in my trees.
Frank, Frankie and Freeda, the newest Carolina Wrens were recently spotted. All three are flying and doing well. Frick and Frack are teaching their kids the ins and outs of suburban life, including lessons in finding bugs on ceiling fans. Dad is sitting on the porch furniture (not in frame) loudly giving instructions.
Frick and Frack’s three eggs have hatched. Meet the newest Carolina Wrens, Frank, Frankie and Freeda.
Mom and Dad have been busy keeping them fed. It is a multi-step process getting to the nest and making sure no predators are watching.
The meals have been small moths, little worms and various bugs.
I missed the shot, but the parent was pulling out a fecal sac. The nest is kept very clean.
When I finally got the shots I wanted for the post, I noticed that evening the adult Wrens were not tending the nest. I grabbed a flashlight to see inside and found the nest empty. It was the day the baby Carolina Wrens were ready to go out into the world. I wish them well!
Frick and Frack decided to stay in the chiminea. I was very excited to see three eggs in the nest. The photo is not very good as I was trying to get the iphone to focus in the deep nest. Carolina Wrens typically build nests 3 to 6 feet off the ground in a tree hole, but when they are around humans, they will be creative and build in whatever they find.
Unfortunately, the nest is on the porch where we like to eat our meals. Frick and Frack were very unhappy with us last night and had quite a conference with each other on what they should do. We ended up eating quickly so the Wrens could return to their nest.