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A Bird’s Tale of Survival

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A Bird’s Tale of Survival

A small brown wren hopped under the screen door and onto my summer porch. Not unusual for living in the country. Once they bang around a bit against the screens they either find their way out the way they came in or I wave my arms and block their retreat until they fly out the open door to freedom. This particular little bird arrived one day, spied an unused garden basket and decided that this was the safest place to build her nest. The basket is perched atop a tall cabinet wedged into a corner almost flush with the sliding door that shepherds my guests, my pups, and me in and out of the house. And still the little wren took a chance that this would be safer than risking exposure to the predators that awaited her eggs outside.

For the most part she was right, because not one person lifted the basket down to discover an intricately designed, woven reed like cave, perfect for incubating her eggs. To build her nest the little brown wren would hop under the 2-inch gap between door and floor, onto the bench and then with a flutter of wings and a huge leap up to the top of the cabinet and into the basket. How long it took her to do this none of us knew, but one day with a house full of guests and a garden full of herbs and vegetables, the basket was lifted down from the top of the cabinet and a shriek of surprise brought us all running to the porch. Eyes big with wonder and mouths shaped to the sound of “Ohhhhhhh,” we gazed upon a perfect nest and 5 perfect brown speckled eggs.

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Delia Quigley is the Director of StillPoint Schoolhouse, where she teaches a holistic lifestyle based on her 30 years of study, experience and practice. She is the creator of the Body Rejuvenation Cleanse, Cooking the Basics, and Broken Bodies Yoga. Delia's credentials include author, artist, natural foods chef, yoga instructor, energy therapist and public speaker. Follow Delia's blogs: and. To view her website go to

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6:35AM PDT on Mar 13, 2013

Perfect story to start my day.. thank you!!

6:19AM PDT on Mar 13, 2013

What a wonderful little story to start my morning of right with! Thank you so much. I hope the wren we have had in our bird house for the past few summers moves in again to have her family!! Now I'm ready for spring!

7:20PM PDT on Jun 17, 2011

wow nice story

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2:28PM PST on Feb 21, 2011

Nice Article

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2:03AM PDT on Nov 4, 2010

This was a touching story, reminds me of Spring 2010, a bird (don't know what kind though) made its nest in the magazine section of our mailbox. We had to put up a sign so the mail delivery person won't stick anything there to disturb the nest.

1:35PM PDT on Sep 15, 2010

I need to read this story to may wrens, especially the part about the sweetness. All mine do are complain -- loudly. Complain when the feeder is empty, complain when I'm filling the feeder, complain if I look at them, complain if I don't look at them, complain that I'm to blame for the weather, complain about the squirrels ...

7:58PM PDT on Aug 24, 2010

How beautiful and what an honor !
We had a similar experience with a robin making a nest under our back porch. I'll never forget taking a peek when the babies were almost ready to leave the nest. The three of these little cuties were all watching me with curiousity-- moving their heads in unison towards me.

They all made it out of the nest and we also saved it again for next Spring- in case the mother wants to use it over.

10:01PM PDT on Aug 21, 2010

Sweet story! :-)

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