Outdoor workshop provides Nature’s surprises

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If you own one of my WrenSong flutes or kanteles or if you follow my blog, you know that the outdoors plays a big role in my woodworking.

I have a workbench outdoors and spend time every week (and sometimes, weather permitting, almost every day) working outdoors — routing flutes, woodburning designs, and tuning instruments.

I really enjoy working surrounded by nature. I have a series of birdfeeders, stocked with different kinds of seed and suet, to attract a variety of birds. Mockingbirds, cardinals, goldfinches, chickadees and wrens are some of the varieties that frequent the feeders.

As you might gather from the same of my musical instruments, the wrens are my favorite. Almost any time I play a flute — whether taking a break from work or tuning a new flute — at least one wren will join me in song.

So I’m wondering if the bird nest I just discovered in one of the birdfeeders was made by the wrens. They are so creative in building their nests — but often don’t select the best location.

When I prepared to fill the feeder, I looked through the plexiglass siding of the feeder and saw leaves. When I opened the lid for the feeder, I found the top half filled with a nest of soft moss, leaves and twigs.

Do you think this is a wren nest? And how did the birds get into the feeder to build it?

The nest is a reminder that I’m not the only one who is building in the backyard.