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EGADS! Do they grow up fast!  We returned home from a week vacation to discover the baby wrens had grown into young fledglings.  The nest became crowded with fluffy bodies and only the continuous "cheeping" noise continued whenever the parents returned with food.

Teens ready to leave

Teens ready to leave

Those helpless chicks were now large wing-flapping teenagers, crowding for precious space within the security of the woven twigs. Their eyes brightened as fur tufts were replaced by feathers. They were very active, hopped about, and wobbled precariously on the nest edge. It was only a matter of time...

Last remaining chick

Last remaining chick

Next thing we noticed was the nest was abandoned by the two first-born chicks and only a third remained a few days longer until it decided to leave.  

Where are my brothers? 

Where are my brothers? 

We didn't see the actual departures, but we're certain their inaugural flights were successful -- because there were no feathers on the ground as Ella our cat kept a watchful eye on the chick's development!

Cactus blossom celebration

Cactus blossom celebration

Once the cactus plant was abandoned, it celebrated by throwing forth some gorgeous flower blossoms.  Possibly it was relieved that the pot was once again back to normal.

Back to normal

Back to normal

And, of course, our local humming bird arrived to inspect the scene. The two month wren occupancy was finally over, the nest was indeed empty, and we now can return to a normal routine...

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AuthorRich Monroe