365 Nature – Day 140

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I have not seen or heard any sign of our nesting Bewick’s Wrens today. My plan to take photos of the adults and try and record the chicks calling today has hit a roadblock. I’m not sure what has happened to them, to the best of my knowledge they hatched only 9 days ago and I read on All About Birds the nestling period is 14-16 days. If they had fledged, I would think I’d see them around, the parents still feeding them. Yet I have seen no activity at all around our yard, either at the nest box or around it. I did hear the neighboring Bewick’s Wren singing today, but no response from our male.

The robin nest on the other hand has seen quite a lot of activity. The parents both come and go and today when I got close and peaked up at the nest, I was astonished to see one of the chicks already sitting on the edge of the nest. A dramatic change from Day 133 when they were pink and barely had their eyes open and Day 135 when they were just starting to get feathers. There are still three chicks and while two seem to stay in the nest, the third ventures out to the surrounding branches in between visits from the adults. They keep a curious, but wary eye on me as I try to take photos of them at the nest. It’s no easier than it had been, but at least they’re bigger targets to try to capture.

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Kelly Brenner

Kelly Brenner is a naturalist and writer based in Seattle. She founded and writes The Metropolitan Field Guide, a blog for ideas, thoughts and resources for the design of urban wildlife habitat and has contributed articles to a variety of other websites and publications.

Kelly has a certificate from the University of Washington in non-fiction writing. She continually takes classes and attends talks on various natural history topics. In 2009 she earned a bachelors degree in landscape architecture from the University of Oregon.

She's also an avid photographer focusing on the natural world.
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