When a Wren is Around


I hung our arrowhead plant on an old nail on the front porch this spring. The surrounding trees block sun from the better part of the front porch, so it's not ideal for most plants. The arrowhead seems to be thriving, however. It is such a specimen that it has attracted the attention of frequent and boisterous avian visitors: the carolina wrens. 
They have built this hobbit looking nest inside the basket. 

A peek inside proved too tempting, when the mama flew out in a huff. She cussed at me from a nearby tree while I craned my neck to peer down the nest's entry. 
Four small, speckled eggs had been laid inside. 
But what should we do now that we have to share our porch with a wren?

Well, years of working with wildlife has given me the experience to answer that question:


We shouldn't try to move it. We shouldn't take the eggs out. We should do nothing. And we will do nothing.

We might use a bit more caution on the porch, keeping light sabers, magic wands, and baseball bats away from the hanging plant. But that is it.

Living in the woods, we frequently see the wildlife that surrounds us, from unconscious opossums on the back porch to cicadas on our hula hoops. Wildlife and human paths overlap everywhere, even if we don't notice. (My grandma had a house finch build a nest in a plant on her porch every spring, and she lived in the middle of a city.) A nest inches from the front door might not have been the quietest spot for to raise babies, but she chose it. And mama wren knows a lot more about raising baby wrens than any of us ever will.

We'll leave her to do her job, and we'll just sneak a peek every now and then. After all, baby wrens are adorable!

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