Friday, September 13, 2013

Smorgasbird


All migration, all day, all night. Flocks o' stuff going over all the time. The trees were full of little brown birds this morning, sparrows of some sort, but probably not song sparrows, as they had no interest in pishing. You can almost always pish a song sparrow.

Then as I was getting ready for work I swore I heard a house wren on the front porch. Although the Carolinas have been around since July or so, and are still singing now and then, house wrens have been unusually scarce.

 I crept to the screen door to look.

The darkened cedars and lilacs were blooming with birds. Warblers....who knows what kind...saw a common yellowthroat, but for the rest just hmmm...

Catbirds, foraging for something, including a couple of rose hips. The air resounded with blue jay calls down in front. Cedar waxwings everywhere.

And silly little house wrens. At least a pair. They were in and out of the old nest cavity in the porch pillar, singing and singing and singing, fighting and flirting all over the porch and environs.

What on earth are they thinking!?! Sure that cavity has raised many a wren and the top of the pillar so many robins that the nest was up to triple-decker before it fell last winter, but c'mon now. 

It's September. Somebody give those birds a calendar!



7 comments:

Ruth said...

So thats where my House Wrens went....we had at least two pairs trying to take over every prime nesting spot all summer, and my yard was constantly full of their call...

Terry and Linda said...

I had a pair of Swallows doing the same thing, but they finally moved on. I was a tad worried they wouldn't.

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joated said...

Guess the wind out of the north spurred the birds on. Any boost to their flight speed is a bonus.

Woodswalker said...

Well, we had 40 degrees last week, and over 90 degrees this week, so maybe the wrens thought it was already spring. As in "spring, when a young wren's fancy lightly turns" and all that.

threecollie said...

Ruth, lol, we usually have a number of them, but in my summer counting I only saw one transient. these have already moved along too, but maybe they will stop by next summer. Hope so.

Linda, isn't that odd? We haven't see any swallows in weeks....

Joated, I am hoping to see these little ones again next spring.

WW, lol, true, and now it is cold again!

Cathy said...

Love your telling of the winged goings-on around that front porch pillar.
I'm already longing for spring.

threecollie said...

Cathy, oh, me too. I don't know how I am going to get through a winter after the summer from Hell that this one was. Guess there aren't many alternatives though.