Wednesday, June 25, 2014

My Clothespin Bag Bird

We have a cloth clothespin bag hanging outside our back door. A little wren decided this would be the perfect place to build her nest. This is her second year building a nest there.

Clothespin bag with nesting material.

I like to think of this tiny bird, finding a place to call home in an ordinary household object. I like that she came to us and feels safe here. I'm surprised she feels safe with the back door opening and closing, and three dogs barreling in and out a bazillion times a day.  People coming in and out. But this is where she built her nest.

For the longest time, I wasn't sure if she'd laid any eggs or not, and if she did, if any hatched. But try as I may, I haven't been able to see any. I took this view, but only saw a nice snug hole in there.

But lately she's been busy going back and forth, with a worm or bug in her mouth. In and out of the clothespin bag. I hear tiny peeps. Babies! Here she is, skittering across the roof of the garage and then flying down to her nest.

Sometimes Ike hears tiny peeps and stops and stares at the clothespin bag. Kelly and Zeke don't seem to notice, but Ike knows she's there, and her babies.

Some day before too long, the baby birds will grow up, get stronger, and fledge the nest. And then the clothespin bag bird will leave.
I like to think she'll come back again next year.

Mama wren on the peak of the garage.

Now she's jumped down to the little table.

Here she is, perched atop the bag.

Can you see her feet and tail? She's in there, feeding the baby birds.


  1. How great that you've been able to share a safe home for these birds.

    But I hope it doesn't stop you from hanging out your laundry. :)

  2. We can still hang out the laundry! Just needed a new stash of clothespins!

  3. That is a nice place to raise a family, BOL
    Lily & Edward

  4. So sweet! What a cozy little spot she found there! (How stressful it must be to be a momma bird!) We have a nest under our eaves right now. Fun to watch them.

  5. Frankie and ErnieJune 25, 2014 at 11:02 AM

    OH that is SOOOOOOO cool... if you DON't move it.... she just MAY have a second family in there THIS year... We have a DOVE that is now working on her THIRD Family... in the SAME nest... in the woodshed.

  6. Really? More than one family a year? I didn't know that! cool.

  7. What kind of birds? It is fun to watch. I wish I had a better view though!

  8. Wow! Right next to the door! That is a trip but very cool. What a good momma bird.

    My husband works for a company that has a Mallard Momma Duck lay eggs in their enclosed garden. They set up food, water, a swimming pool and have named her Matilda and just watch the little ducklings grow. I don't know how long she's been coming back, but she comes back ever year!

  9. That is so cool about your husband's workplace. It's nice that they take good care of Matilda and her family. I'd love to see that, I love ducks.


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