Welcome to austinagrodolce … My family and I garden with more intention and enthusiasm than allocated budget or overall design plan. It shows. Wildlife populations don't seem to notice our lack of cohesive design, they just like the native plants here. It seems by growing local we've thrown out a welcome mat. Occasionally, we're surprised at who (and what) shows up.

Sunday, June 10, 2012


We (meaning mostly me) have been excited for weeks as a nesting pair of wrens chose a spot close to our front door to set up house.
In years past I've played door chicken with wrens nesting in a bag hanging beside the door of my car in our garage, discouraged wrens wanting to build in the bumper of a car that was seemingly going nowhere most of the time, and wrangled wren fledglings off a back deck area where they were in danger of being trampled upon by a very "interested" labrador retriever.

This year the wrens actually chose a bird house as a nest home.  Go figure.
The baby birds are now big enough to see without disturbing the house.  This means I am obligated to check on them at intervals ranging from about every 4 hours to every 15 minutes, depending upon my mood, my occasional "need" to go out the front door, and my ability to secure a willing "go-see" partner.
The wren parents feel free to fuss a bit at me, which they are obviously capable of doing with their mouths full, but they do not seem especially freaked out by our comings and goings.  Even the babies apparently get bored when my shadow does not materialize into another beak offering them goodies to eat.
In other critter news, I surrendered to the squirrels and set up a feeding station specifically for them, in hopes they'd be too satiated to tinker with our cages set around tomatoes and strawberries. 
I do wonder if I'm not simply reinforcing the idea that everything in our yard is set out just for their eating/playing pleasure, but so far, so good.  The squirrels are happy with the easy gets, and the tomatoes and strawberries are getting a second chance to mature on the plants.  


Joan @ Debt of Gratitude said...

Do you have rabbits? We have an abundance and I love watching them hop around. Ed loves chasing them.

Anonymous said...

Tell your husband to leave those bunnies alone! (just kidding, folks, Ed is Joan's dog...).

We do not have rabbits, fortunately. I think they'd be the final straw for our already burdened camel's back list of critters lined up to eat our garden's tiny trickle of produce.

I do see baby bunnies at the pet store and agree - they are totally adorable. It is all I can do to walk by and not pick them all up to take home.