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Sunday, December 11, 2005

House Wren Nest

House wrens are perky little birds with delightful songs. I have many of them living in my garden. They make nests both in the birdhouses I put out and in the shrubs and bushes in the garden. This nest shows how wrens have adapted and made use of their human neighbors trash !! Woven into this loosely constructed and somewhat messy nest is a ziplock bag, wrappers from the straws that come with juice boxes and a good deal of pink birthday ribbon. In case you were wondering it is permissable to remove house wrens nests, though most other birds' nests cannot be touched, as they are protected by law.

The Migratory Bird Treaty Act makes it illegal to disturb a nest or eggs of any native bird. Non-native and non-protected exotics are the House Sparrow (Passer domesticus), European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris), Domestic Pigeon or Rock Dove (Columba livia), the Monk parakeet (Myiopsitta monachus - the only parrot that doesn't nest in cavities), and the Eurasian collared dove (Streptopelia decaocto). Empty house wren nests can be removed. Don't remove tree swallow, tufted titmouse, or chickadee nests or eggs. House sparrow nests, eggs, young, and adults may be legally removed or destroyed.

Black marker and watercolor.

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