I leave my front door evergreen Xmas wreaths up for many months after Dec., 
because I like the smell they emit, even after they start to brown. Plus, I am 
often too busy to find a summer replacement.
One year a Carolina Wren brought in moss and other materials and made a lovely 
nest behind the Staghorn Sumac fruit body I put in the hole in the wreath 
center to make a "candle". The moss was all against the door behind the wreath.

I was soon aware of her activities and got out two step ladders and laid them 
in front of the front porch entry to my house, to keep people away. I erected a 
"NO Entry" sign. I did not want to open the door while the birds nested.
 I had people enter thru the door in the garage off to the side.

I was rewarded with nice looks at the babies in the nest and their feeding 
activities.
It was well worth not having a front door for a few weeks!

Being by the lake where it is a little warmer in winter, I am treated to 
Carolina Wrens here, all year round. Indeed, one is singing one of its buzzy 
songs out front right now!

Donna Scott
Lansing
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Nancy 
  To: Laura J. Heisey 
  Cc: CAYUGABIRDS-L 
  Sent: Monday, June 23, 2014 11:02 AM
  Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Carolina Wrens


  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


  Cayuga Dog Rescue has saved more than 450 dogs since 2005!
  Learn more at cayugadogrescue.org




  Sent from my iPad

  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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