We know that nest building has been going on because several times a day we see a wren perched on the privacy fence around the deck with leaves, pine straw or strands of moss in her mouth. We've tried to get a picture of her but any movement near the door or window spooks her and she flits away, sometimes under the earth boxes, sometimes she lands and scurries under the barbecue grill. But we couldn't figure out where she was building the nest- until Mr. G discovered it yesterday.He refused to tell me where it was, said I'd have to find it myself, I couldn't miss it.
When I went outside this morning to check on the greenhouse I looked all around but saw nothing. But as I went to open the kitchen door, there it was! We keep a couple of brooms just outside the kitchen door under the eave, in the corner formed where the house meets the privacy fence.
The wren saw the potential in that nice yarn mophead and got to work. Here is what I saw when I looked at if from another angle. I saw that all those leaves, moss strands and other bits and pieces the wren had been gathering went into making a nice soft place to lay her eggs. I just hope the mop stays dry in the rain. It's pretty safe under the eave but if wind blows rain against the house all her hard work may be for naught.
I do hope it all works out, and that her eggs when she lays them, will hatch out little babies , and that she can keep them safe. We have to be careful now when we let the dogs out that they don't try to go after her. Now I feel guilty that I didn't want her in the greenhouse- I do think it would haven better and safer for mother and babies inside, out of the rain and away from the dogs. Then again, maybe she is very smart and the mop nest is a diversion. She may be hoping that while I'm watching what goes on at the mop, she is watching for her chance to get back in the greenhouse and claim a hanging basket.