Good Intentions with Wrens

by Dorothy Cook Mayer

Disclosure: Dorothy didn’t really write this, so blame any inaccuracies on Sue Ann.

I found some older baby Carolina wrens at my house a few days ago, with no parents in sight. They were hungry! I waited to see if parents would arrive, but didn’t see them. I’d seen them earlier, but they seem to have disappeared.

Thanks for the food, Dorothy!

So, like a good Master Naturalist, I looked up what to do with them and called and talked to a lady at a rescue organization. I got some of the meal worms that you feed to chickens, and the babies loved them.

I brought them to our Chapter Meeting, so I could feed them whenever they got to peeping. The good thing is they slept pretty often. Everyone seemed to enjoy seeing them and the chirping just added sound effects to Donna Lewis’s presentation on purple martins, anyway.

We enjoyed the Chapter Meeting, but are glad to be home.

The next day I took them to a rescue organization. They told me the babies probably were not abandoned, and they’d do better back at home, so I dutifully took them back. I didn’t believe she was right, but did as told and put them back in the nest.

I actually finally saw a bird that looked like it was coming to check on them and did a quick u-turn upon seeing me.

The reason I felt so strongly they’d been abandoned is because I started watching so closely at only seven days old. It turns out the parents check on and feed the chicks less and less to encourage them to fledge. I suppose that process begins way earlier than I’d have thought. So, I learned something, and they survived me, I suppose.

I do wish the rescue lady would have told me to return them to the nest via one of my initial phone calls. But, at least I now know where the place is and can share that information with others, when needed.

4 thoughts on “Good Intentions with Wrens”

  1. Update:

    I’m still not totally convinced that the wren parents were still alive. (We also have Barn Swallows nesting in the garage, so I’m thinking it may have been one of them who did the Uturn upon seeing me.) Anyway, the weather turned cold & extremely windy. I found 2 babies dead on the floor in front of the nest the next morning) The other 3 may have fledged but doubtful they survived due to the wind & the cold. I suppose this happens to lots of wildlife that come of age in inclement weather. Anyway, lesson learned. The babies have a better chance w/their parents than a substitute, even if good intentions are involved. Who knows? Mom &/or dad may have insisted they fledge a day or 2 earlier to beat the cold front that came. I do wish they wouldn’t choose the garage to build a nest. I will miss the little tweeters.

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