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 -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: Welcome and Basics Rules and Information Subscribe, Configuration and Leave Archives: The Mail Archive Surfbirds BirdingOnThe.Net Please submit your observations to eBird! -- -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: Welcome and Basics Rules and Information Subscribe, Configuration and Leave Archives: The Mail Archive Surfbirds BirdingOnThe.Net Please submit your observations to eBird! -- -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsSubscribeConfigurationLeave.htm ARCHIVES: 1) http://email@example.com/maillist.html 2) http://www.surfbirds.com/birdingmail/Group/Cayugabirds 3) http://birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/CAYU.html Please submit your observations to eBird: http://ebird.org/content/ebird/ --