Friday, April 10, 2009

Excitement...Anticipation... Disappointment ?.....

Last year about this time I had two Carolina Wrens set up
housekeeping in my big metal propane gas tank. There were
six eggs in the nest when I went on my trip to Central Park.
When I returned the babies had been born and were all dead.
I never saw the parents again until late winter when
I started to see one Wren at the feeder occasionally. I never
knew why the nest failed or what happened.
On Sunday last week I spied the Carolina Wren once
again sitting on a low stick half asleep. So I started to watch!

I witnessed the bringing of the nesting material.

I thought only the male built the nest....
This Wren is really fat like maybe the female pregnant
with eggs??
Now This may be the Male...smaller and bringing a
different nesting material.. leaves

Then I saw one wren go out as the other went into the
the tank!! Same location as last year.

The little buggers worked all morning and apparently
were tired...seen here taking a little siesta on the stump

I love these little birds

They are so cute and I read that he sings much louder
than she does...

If you figure that out you will know which is male and
which is female.

It didn't matter to me because I was just so excited that
they had returned and were building.

Never mistake that cute little tail turned up to the sky.

On Tuesday evening I saw this one sitting on the stump
around dinner time.

Hello little cutie.

Right after dinner as it was getting dark.... I saw all the
birds at the feeders high tail it away and into the bushes.
Then I saw a gray flash past the window.

I grabbed the camera and went out into the yard.
At first couldn't find the culprit...but looking up into
the Walnut tree found the silhouette......

My very first thoughtwas ..... I HOPE that isn't my
Wren he's eating!!
I lightened up the pix and saw it was Sharp-shinned hawk.

The very next morning while I was out my Propane gas
man came and filled the tank.....scooping out the nest and
throwing it near by

I was just flabbergasted when I saw he had been there and
saw the nest on the ground... I picked it up and placed it
back into the tank......

Here comes the disappointment part................I
have not seen the wrens since.. It's been 3 days.
I could just cry.
But.... nonetheless I haven't given up yet.

To God be The Glory ~~ Great Things He Hath Done

Monday, April 6, 2009

IF........A Red-bellied Woodpecker ....


If I were a Red-belled Woodpecker and I was
trying out for a movie....
A movie about how to eat suet ...

I'd open my mouth wide and hold it so the camera
could see....

If I could.... I would show my long tongue

And I would act show my softer side...

And I'd hunch my shoulders to show I'm not a
'know it all'

And stretch my beautiful neck to show the feathers
underneath my chin...

If....I would stick out my tongue just for fun..

or use it to taste the suet

I'd turn my head so you could see the orange above
my beak...and below my eyes..

I'd open my eye wide so you could see the intricate
white line that goes around it

I'd act silly and tuck the suet into the corner of my mouth
while my tongue goes to the roof on my beak and
the sticky string connects the beak at the end

Then I'd turn my head give a portrait
of my inner beauty.....

I'd close my eyes to show how much I 'love' the suet
Jalynn feeds me every day. and if........ just If she wanted
me to... I would be star of her movie.

I love this bird....He IS my star!

To God be the Glory ~~ Great Things He Hath Done

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