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thirtysilver

Bird Nesting in my Potted Plant

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I would like some help identifying the bird that has built a nest in the deep pot of my umbrella plant, which is sitting on my porch in an apartment complex.  I've observed the bird for at least a week, with the latest sighting being today (7-28-2010) at 6:44pm EST in Jeffersonville, IN.  At that time, it was coming and going from its nest, bringing food to its chicks.  It is a small bird; I originally thought it was a sparrow until I got a closer look.  Its body is sleek and slender.  It is colored brown, much like a sparrow, with lighter plumage underneath.  Its tail is long and straight with a blunt end and faint dark stripes.  Above its eyes are little white "eyebrows" that seem as though they run all the way down the bird's sides - though it's a little hard to tell about that.  It's wary, and I rarely get a very good look at it; whenever I see it, I jump for my camera, but the umbrella plant and the sliding glass door make it almost impossible to get a good picture.  I know it has chicks in its nest, because I can hear them peeping whenever the bird comes flitting up to the pot to feed them.  I'm not sure what it's feeding them, but there are several large trees that bear cherry-like fruit just outside my door.  The nest is a dome with the entrance at the bottom, and it is made of twigs.  There are no leaves or pieces of bark in the nest.  I don't think the bird sings; I think it just whistles and chitters a little.  There are, however, a lot of birds outside my apartment, and it's hard to tell which is vocalizing sometimes. 

I've never seen bird like this before.  I almost think it could be a northern waterthrush or a Carolina wren, but I would love to know for certain what kind of bird it is. 

Thanks for your consideration!

-Ryan D.

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Thanks!  I'm happy to have a Carolina wren nesting on my porch.  I'm a little concerned, however, because the umbrella plant in which it has built its nest is standing on a plant stand that tends to tip over in storms.  Should I attempt to move the plant onto a more stable stand?  Would that disrupt the nest?

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Jim Penny    1

No doubt that it is a wren.  There are three species of similar sized wrens with the prominent white eyebrow stripe.  You may want to get yourself a Guide to the birds of the Eastern N. America.  If you don't want to buy one, then you can probably find one at a library.

One of the description of a Carolina usually involves the rich buffy-orange appearance of its underside.  I've seen one in Florida and one outside my door in the winter and both clearly displayed the orangeness of their underside.  The long tail could indicate that it is Bewick's.  If so, get a picture and send it to your local Audubon Society.  The Bewick's are getting rarer in the Eastern part of their range.

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Jim Penny    1

p.s.  To get a picture get your lawn chair and stake out the porch, but not too close to the actually nest.  The adult bird will eventually approach if you don't move around or make sudden movements.

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Thanks for the info and advice!  Looking at pictures of Beswick's wren, this bird definitely looks more like a Beswick's than a Carolina, though they are very similar.  I will find some kind of chair and stage a stakeout, and maybe I will be able to post a picture here.  That should help!

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Jerome    0

If you can get a picture, post it here, and we can get a definite ID. It sounds like Carolina to me, given its description and the rarity of Bewick's in IN.

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