From the Audobon site on Carolina Wrens.
Incubation is by female only, 12-16 days; male may feed female during incubation. Young: Both parents bring food for nestlings. Young leave nest about 12-14 days after hatching. 2 broods per year, or 3 in south.
We should have realized last week when the birds were not squawking or moving and what I think was a grown bird in the nest that something was not right.
When Bob went to water the fuchsia, no bird flew out of the nest and we heard no chirps from baby birds demanding to be fed. By now we should have seen baby bird exercising their wings, in preparation of fledging.
When Bob took the plant down, the nest was empty.
I really hope that we were not part of the problem. The plant is thriving. Maybe the Carolina Wrens will try a second clutch in that same plant.
When we watered the Fuschia last Sunday, I had another opportunity to check up on our grandbirdies. They are continuing to thrive and their parents are so busy gathering food for these growing, ravenous creatures they seem to hardly ever be on the nest. (I think there may have been a parent in the nest because of the feathers but I can not tell for sure. Would the babies have started sprouting feathers this early?) So far as we can tell, the babies are still not to the sitting up and chirping for food level, but I think that will happen shortly.
We had to water the fucshia plant this afternoon. Since the mother bird did not fly out of the nest, we used the opportunity to take the plant down and look into the nest.
All four eggs have hatched! The babies are naked and not yet making any sound, but they can sure open their mouths when they think food may be approaching.
We are guessing that Mama was out making a food run.
We look forward to hearing the chirping of hungry birds soon.
Two years ago, we had a pair of Carolina Wrens build a nest in our hanging plant. They had four babies and we had the opportunity to view the the baby birds fledge one afternoon while we were sitting on the back porch. The largest one flew the most distance, the youngest one barely cleared the porch railing before landing on the ground. The parents immediately checked out each baby bird upon landing. We think that the three most developed may have lived.
We had no nests built in our hanging plant last summer. This year we put up a fushia in a hanging pot and I noticed a bird fly out of the plant when I watered it two days ago. Today, my husband saw the bird exit again. He got the plant down off the hanger and we discovered a nest with four eggs in it.