Tailless Wren

Whether from molting or escaping a predator, this wren has no tail feathers. That doesn’t seem to hinder him from doing normal activities such as flying and eating. Over time, his tail feathers will begin to grow in.

“Well, either a tail is there or it isn’t there. You can’t make a mistake about it. And yours isn’t there!” ~A. A. Milne

A Little Wren

Last year, a little wren built a nest in the eaves of my back patio to raise her young.  This year, she decided to relocate to a patio table and tuck the nest between a bale of straw and two wicker flower baskets which are sitting against a wall.

One afternoon I was sitting out on a bench a short distance from the patio, unaware that she had relocated, when she decided that it would be a good time to work on the new nest. My presence, however, was intruding upon her plans.

Despite my proximity, she proceeded to bring pine needles, dried leaves and bits of moss to form her new home. 

I have to say that I admired her courage and tenacity.

“May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.”  ~Nelson Mandela

A Pleasant Surprise

Part of the fun of taking a nature walk is that you never know what you’re going to see. Encounters with nature, no matter how small, are blessings to be enjoyed and appreciated.

A bluebird sitting on the branch of a tree.
A meadowlark rummaging on a hillside for insects.
Numerous vultures huddled together in a tree top.
A Green frog sunning itself on a muddy embankment.
Deer grazing at the edge of the woods.
A Carolina wren flitting from tree to tree in the woods.
A flock of snow geese foraging in a local farm field.
A muskrat nibbling greenery beside a lake road.

“Unexpected and pleasant surprises occur every day … We will notice if we look. We will see good sprinkled liberally over every day if we are open.” ~Steve Goodier

Carolina Wrens

A pair of Carolina Wrens have built a nest in our patio rafters. The eggs have now hatched and the parents are very busy hunting for food for the noisy, hungry brood.  Their favorite source of food is seeds from the feeders which sit several feet away from the nest.  They also are often seen scratching through leaves on the ground or in a nearby woodpile in search of insects and spiders.

“If what you are doing is worth doing, hang in there until it is done.”  ~Nido R. Qubein

Carolina wren

The Carolina wren is small in size, but mighty in energy and attitude.  It has a way of making its presence known.  With lively chatter, it darts to and away from the feeders, seldom lingering in one place for more than a few seconds at a time.  I always enjoy catching a glimpse of this spirited little bird when it is hanging about.

“Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.”  ~Winston Churchill