Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Sharing Studio Space: We've Got Babies!

Here are the baby wrens! It's not the best photo, but it's the best I could do with the parents fussing outside.

For the past couple of days, one of the parents has been in the nest constantly. Every so often I would hear some peeps and then everything would go quiet again. I think that might have been when the babies were coming out of their eggs.

When I went into the studio today, one of the parents was coming in with a bug in its beak and once it saw me got very upset and started doing the *alert* chirping. Then, the other parent, which was in the nest, came out and both of them were outside the studio just carrying on, very upset, for a while. I decided to go about my business but without making any sudden moves. Eventually, they got used to my being there and started to come in: one or the other parent would fly in about every 5 to 7 minutes with a tasty morsel in its beak! There was still quite a bit of chirping and carrying on by the parent that was outside, but they did get used to me.

The babies' chirping is *almost* outside of my hearing range. It is a very high pitch and I can barely hear it... it sounds like it's coming from very far away. I'm sure that will change as they get bigger.

I hope that we can manage to live together for the next few weeks! My studio is very small and when I'm at my wedging table, my head is only a couple of feet away from the nest. A big-headed monster that close to home can surely make any parent nervous!

I realized today that I am not going to be able to fire the kiln until the babies are fledged... Fortunately, I don't have any shows coming up right now.


Andi said...

Oh! This is just the coolest thing EVER!!! What silly birds for making a nest in a lived-in space! I can't wait until we can get a better look at them! I want to come over and see! :)

julie cavender said...

We have wrens that nest on the front porch every year. They eventually figure out that you're OK. Have fun raising those babies!