Wait a Minute, Mister Postman.

May 24th, 2013

Remember my front porch makeover I was so proud of last fall, and what I learned about getting unstuck by starting with new paint for our rusted and cobwebbed ’50s mailbox?

Evidently, it raised the curbside appeal in the eyes of a couple of Carolina wrens, who spent all day yesterday moving in, to our great surprise and amusement. I thought for sure they’d change their minds the first few times the screen door opened and closed, but they don’t seem to mind their landlords much at all. They hang back with their building supplies in their beaks, and wait for us to go back indoors. When the kids got home from school, they were delighted to learn we had carolina wrens in the mailbox. “I guess we have pet birds now!” said the Littlest Who. I guess so.

And a new mailbox. For now.

I looked up our “pets” in the Bird Songs Bible we bought for my snowbird mom to have here when she visits us in Arkansas, because she loves the variety of songbirds around our house in the springtime. The Carolina wren will nest in any cavity they can find–mailboxes are a favorite, apparently. And they have the sweetest song. You can hear it on the Carolina wren National Geographic page.

I never paid much attention to birds before we moved to our little house in the valley. Now I can recognize some of them by name and by call. I haven’t gone so far as to get binoculars, but I can sort of see the appeal of bird watching. At least from my front porch. Which are your favorite birds to see or hear in your neighborhood? Have you ever had a family move in?

 

8 Responses to “Wait a Minute, Mister Postman.”

  1. Tanis Miller says:

    We are all amateur ornithologists at our house. One of the hazards of living in the middle of the forest. We get suckered into bird watching by all the pretty creatures flying by. My favourite are the canaries, the cranes and the chickadees. I adore chickadees.

  2. Maggie says:

    Ah, the Carolina Wren, clever little boy. They used to land on our front porch when we had an outside cat and sing from the railing.

    Then swoop down and perch on the cat dish and sing again. No cat? Safe to eat! Cat food consumed. Cat, sing your song now.

  3. Jenn Beauvais says:

    How lovely to have a nest so close.
    My family has taken up to cause for the Tree Swallow in the Montreal area. More info here: http://westislandgazette.com/news/story/2013/05/22/one-mans-crusade-to-bring-back-tree-swallows-meeting-success/

  4. Meg says:

    Just yesterday I watched a dove build a nest in a hedge outside my office. This morning I peeked in there to find an egg already! So cool…

  5. It’s like your family has been chosen! I’m gonna see this as a sign of miracles. Also, I loved your “Feast in the Field” post. Looks like you and Patrick had a lovely time. What a great org.

  6. Lesley says:

    What a sweet story. Prepare for the stress of first flight!!

  7. Vickie says:

    We had wrens build a nest on top of one of the ceiling fan blades on our front porch. Unfortunately we did not notice it before turning on the ceiling fan. The next year we looked first, and yes – there was a nest again so no using that fan until the babies had hatched and flown away! We too have come to love watching all the birds stop in at our feeder as they make their way back home from their winter homes. Our favorite are the blue buntings.

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