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Bird Watching Stories
(Go Back to Wild Bird Page Contents)
» No Barbeque this Summer 
» Barn Swallow "Mama"  
» Just How Does a Bird Eat Bees?  
» My Birdwatching Adventures in Costa Rica
 » Just Another Golden Eagle  
» Four Birds in One Tree: 
A Few Days of Birdwatching in England
» Four Calling Birds??? 
» A Very Unique Cardinal 
 » Narcissism or Territorial
Defense: Macho Cardinal
» The Ever-Popular Chickadee  
» The Last Companion Carolina Paroquet 
» Convergent Evolution: Meadowlark and Longclaw 
» Barrel Cactus Confrontation 
» Galahs Playing Around and Around and Around ...  
» Who Made Up This Stuff?
Bird Call Mnemonics
» Mesmerizing a Goldfinch 
» The Best Mimic?  
» Prairie Chickens and Woodcocks:
Missouri Ornithology
» Mob Mentality: Who is Really in Control of the Skies?
» The Owl Who Sat Down Beside Me 
» Meeting Hot Shot: The Toddler Peregrine Falcon  
» Seeing 'Sea Parrots'
in Alaska
» A Rare and Unusual Bird 
Meeting Roger Tory Peterson
» Raven Showoffs 
» Reddish Egrets and Canopy Feeding 
»  Robins and Worms 
Hear, See, Smell, or Feel?
» What Are You Doing Here? Scissortail Flycatcher 
» Hospital Hallucinations  
» Wild Bird "Attacks": Just Misunderstandings? 
» Drunken Waxwings and an Unusual Hummingbird Feeder
 »  Aransas in the Fog:
Whooping Cranes
 » Acorn Woodpecker Defending its Stash
» Why Woodpeckers Don't Get Headaches: Built in Shock Absorber 

by Sally Blanchard

Friends of mine in Wichita, Kansas had bird feeders all over their yard and a house wren house on every corner of their house. One male house wren had a girlfriend in every wren house ... talk about promiscuous. Their yard was a bird watcher's delight. When I just sat quietly on their patio, I could see dozens of local species and a few unusual ones. Wichita was actually a great birdwatching place. There were birds from the east and birds from the west, a few birds from the south, and it was on a significant flyway. 

Joe and Helen Brewer often had friends over and sometimes Joe barbecued. One Sunday they had planned a social gathering for a dozen or so friends. Helen marinated the meat and it was time to light the coals in the barbecue. Helen had tried to get Joe to clean the barbeque out and get it ready for the summer, but he had dragged his feet so it didn't get done. Finally she put her foot down and insisted that he get the fire going. As he lifted the lid of the barbeque, he was greeted with a serious complaint. There was a fully functioning Carolina Wren nest with 4 babies in the barbecue and the mother was going to defend her nest no matter what it took. Luckily she had nested in the barbecue of people who loved birds. Joe came into the house and told Helen that there would be no barbecuing that summer. She said something like, "...and why not!?" Of course when he told her that the barbecue was now a bird house, she called her close neighbors who were coming for dinner and they volunteered their barbecue. The babies in the Brewer's barbecue fledged successfully. I have since heard of wrens of one species or another improvising nests in all sorts of unique places.   

Charley Harper created delightful animal and bird art with a great sense of humor. One of my favorite examples of this is his statement about wrens using whatever site they can find for a nest. The artwork shown is called Wrenovation.
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