RIO GRANDE VALLEY, Texas – Sometimes, you don’t have to look any farther than your own backyard to find entertaining wildlife. Carolina wrens are year round residents in the Rio Grande Valley, and these irrepressible songsters are notorious for selecting unusual cavities in which to build their nests.
This summer, the little wrens standing at just over five inches in height, have selected the grinning countenance of a large ceramic sun hanging on a wall in the backyard patio.
Throughout the day the parents come and go with a variety of insects for their young nestled within the beaming sun. They are creatures of habit and nearly always enter thru the right eye opening and out the gaping mouth. A plump worm doesn’t last long with these sharp-eyed pest controllers on the prowl. They snare a combo platter of various bugs and spiders, occasionally pausing to do a little bird watching before hopping up to the sun.
After a couple of weeks, the youngsters are ready to fledge, and with an adult showing the way it doesn’t take junior long to pop out the mouth. Soon, there are three little wrens perched in several locations. One final check to be sure the nest is empty and then it’s off to check on the offspring.
Sometimes, it is the little things in life that bring a smile to your face, and for some it those wonderful backyard wrens. You couldn’t have a better pest control team on duty than a family of Carolina wrens. I just hope there are enough bugs to go around now that the three youngsters have joined the hunt.