365 Nature – Day 131

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Each day of the year I will post something here about nature. It may be any format, a photo, video, audio, sketch or entry from my nature journal. It could be a written piece. Each day I will connect to nature in some way and share it here by the end of that day. You can keep up-to-date by subscribing to the RSS feed or be notified by email. See all the 365 Nature posts.

Late yesterday afternoon a noise caught my ear and as I opened the window and listened closely I could hear what I’d been waiting for, the Bewick’s Wren eggs had finally hatched. At least one had anyway. Whenever one of the adults would come near the nest box I’d hear a cheeping call and it wasn’t long until an adult returned with more insects. I also watched adults fly away twice with what I believe were fecal sacs. I sneaked outside later and recorded the chicks calling.

Today we went back outside to watch the wrens coming and going. I never had to wait long for their return and they brought all manner of insects with them. While I watched I saw them bring a crane fly, fuzzy fly or bumble bee, spiders and many various larvae. As I gardened around the yard they just kept coming and going even when I was close to the nest. It’s going to be fun watching them to see what else they bring for the chicks.


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Kelly Brenner is a naturalist, writer and photographer based in Seattle. She is the author of a book about urban nature, coming Spring 2020 from Mountaineers Books. She writes freelance articles about natural history and has bylines in Crosscut, ParentMap, National Wildlife Magazine and others. On the side she writes fiction.

Kelly holds a bachelors degree in landscape architecture from the University of Oregon and a certificate in non-fiction writing from the University of Washington.

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