The Maw of Doom

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The last thing a caterpillar sees

Youngest offspring and I found a nest of newly hatched Carolina wrens (Thryothorus ludovicianus) in one of my hanging baskets.  When we made clicking noises, they opened wide for dinner.

Carolina wrens are notorious for building nests in inappropriate places.  I have found nests under the lid of our barbecue grill and, repeatedly, in open bags of potting soil.  In comparison, a hanging basket is a surprisingly good choice, even if the chicks run the risk of being flooded whenever I water the plants.

The chick’s mouth kind of reminds me of a Pleurothallis flower.

5 thoughts on “The Maw of Doom

    1. House wrens nested in potted bromeliads in my shower. By the time I noticed, they had already started a family. Doves nested on top of my refrigerator. When I threw their flimsy nest out, they just came back . . . a few times.

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