Baby Blues #14739

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The Story

I found this bird nest of speckled wren eggs in the tall ornamental grass in front of the house as I was doing the annual Spring trimming. I had no idea it was in there, it couldn’t be seen at first. I loved the blue color of these eggs, the fascinating construction of the small nest, and how small the eggs were…about half an inch or so. I brought the nest inside and made a close up picture of it in the studio.

Sorry, but the nest had to go and I didn’t feel good about it. Later, I found out the male wren comes back from migration first and picks up to five separate nesting sites. He’ll rough each one in with heavier grasses and such. A little while later, the female wren arrives and makes her choice from the nests the male has started. It’s her job to line it with finer materials and finish the nest. If you look closely, you can see thread and either human or dog hair woven into the nest around the eggs. There’s no telling where the birds find these things, but it is certainly amazing what goes into nest building!

So, when I disturbed this bird nest, the mating pair of wrens simply moved to one of the other nest sites and started over again.

I’ve put this image into the Spring Landscape category because after all, a bird nest with eggs is a seasonal signpost. It’s all about renewal and a new beginning of life as the world awakens from winter. See the image Azalea Birdhouse #11226 for more Spring cheer and color.

Location: Altoona, Blair County, Pennsylvania. Image and text © Andrew Dierks

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