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Question about a disturbed Wren's nest

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by dogzrule5, May 15, 2008.

  1. dogzrule5

    dogzrule5 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, it happend. A wren built her nest in a flower pot among the daffodils, which is setting up on a post (actually some stacked cinder blocks) right near where I let the dogs out the back door. I had closed up the barn and came back to find that my little terrier mix discovered the nest, pulled it out of the flower pot and one of the tiny birds was scurrying away and hid under a rose bush. Thank goodness it had just happened or the babies would have all be dead.

    Two of the babies were still huddled in the nest, which I put back into the flower pot. I picked up the third baby and placed it back in the nest and tried to put the nest back in order.

    The mother wren came back with a worm in her mouth and was understanably nervous and kept darting to and from the nest w/o ever going in that I could see anyway. Of course, her nest looks a little messed up but it's still in tact. I put a large section of hardware cloth arount the entire area to keep the dogs out now that all of them are aware of the nest. Like I mentioned in a post last evening, I have three that are definite bird killers [​IMG]

    I know that it's an urban myth that if you touch a baby bird or the nest, it will be abandoned but what do you think the chances are that she will continue feeding the babies? I think what made her nervous was the hardware cloth I put in the area. It doesn't obstruct her access at all, but it's foreign to her.

    Until this evening, I've never even seen her around but can sure hear her when she's out looking for worms.
     
  2. Slike

    Slike Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've dealt with similar situations (minus the dogs) before with success.

    I do a lot of well, wandering, and happened to be under a bridge / drainway taking shots of the graffiti covering the walls one day and found 3 baby barn swallows that had decided to try their luck at flying too early and failed. They weren't injured but I couldn't reach their nest, so I picked them up and tucked them inside my shirt (they cling like bats) and brought them up the mountain and home with me. I fed them for about 3 days til I had a chance to go back down there again and piled up some junk to stand on that had just washed down and got caught on the rocks. Set them back in their mud nest with fully bellies and waited nearby to see if the parents would come back. 10 mins later, sure enough they came flying in and even had food to give the babies. Success [​IMG]

    So, sometimes - depending on what type of bird for the most part- they'll be accepted by the parents still. I saved two baby house wrens a loooong time ago when I was very little, but I never got to try to put them back in their nest cause I couldn't find where they'd come from. I'd say just keep an eye out for mama coming back to feed them, and if she doesn't show, look up a local bird rescue center. When I've been too busy at times to care for the babies I find, the one out here has been very helpful and even send me little postcards with updated info about the black phoebes I gave to them 3 years ago. Good luck!
     
  3. dogzrule5

    dogzrule5 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm happy to report that mama is feeding the babies this morning and cleaning the nest. Everything is fine - thank goodness!!!

    Zoe want to go straight to that area (she's a little terrier mix) but I've screened it off and stay outside till Zoe finishes her business.

    I'm so relieved!!! [​IMG]
     
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    Slike Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good, very glad to hear!
     
  5. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    That's great news...I have a couple of Carolina Wrens that I haven't seen this year.[​IMG]
     

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