Hi Laura,
yes very common for Carolina Wren. They are very gregarious and tolerant of 
people. I've had them do that almost every year in my hanging basket right next 
to my front door, and have babies fledge successfully. I was always very 
careful to not water so much that the bottom of the nest is wet.
The wrens will disperse after the nestling fledge, so no worries about what to 
do with it after. They only use it for rearing young and then abandon it.
I think it is very cool to watch, and a wonderful thing so if you can tolerate 
a little inconvenience for a few weeks it is well worth it, in my opinion.

Nancy Cusumano

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> On Jun 23, 2014, at 10:56 AM, "Laura J. Heisey" <l...@cornell.edu> wrote:
> Hi all,
> There are 2 Carolina Wrens attempting to build nests in hanging baskets on my 
> porch. Is that normal behavior? Should I discourage them? I’m not sure how 
> I’ll be able to water the plants without damaging the nests. What will happen 
> to them over the winter?
> Laura
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