I had noticed over the past few weeks that we had a bird living in amongst the pea vines. This is not all that unusual as the Carolina wrens tend to build their homes anywhere they find a hole and if they cant find one suitable they make do with most anything. Last season I had set aside some nondairy creamer containers for projects but they soon took them over and made them home. We have had one nest in the outdoor kitchen cupboard for many years and we have them in a decorative clay pumpkin down by the green house and we have a pair that actually live in the greenhouse.
The other day when I was cleaning out the pea vines I knew I had upset a bird as she dive bombed my head but I never found a nest down in the vines. I moved the bamboo trellis several times while cleaning the mess not thinking that this was where she had made her happy homestead. After a short break I went back to work and when I put the trellis over the newly planted black eye peas I swore I saw a bird fly out of it. Yesterday while weeding the remaining rows I again bumped the trellis and got dive bombed, so I knew that indeed she was nesting down in the bamboo poles. Today while down hilling taters, I bumped the poles and again she flew out in a mad fashion. Since I had the camera with me I decided to turn the flash on and see just what was down in there. Lo and behold, in two of the poles there are nests filled with eggs. So not only is the bamboo a trellis but a bird condominium. Can't wait to watch the lil fellers hatch and fledge through the season.
Here is another home for our birds. Yes, it is in the shack and on the book shelf. The sliding glass doors stay open most all of the summer months with no screen and the little darlings fly in and out as if they live here. Last year one built in the same spot but it was under the blue binder. I thought it was cool and just left the nest there. Apparently she thought it was cool too and came back again this spring and built another.