I'm kinda excited as we noticed a couple of Carolina Wrens investigating a new style birdhouse we put up on the porch. This morning we noticed a piece of grass/straw hanging out of the house!
So my husband built another house and made the entry hole really large, almost 3" in diameter! This house design is very unique and easy to build as the body of it is actually an old metal coffee can! That's the house we have hanging up now.
The larger hole did the trick and we now have a pair of wrens building a nest in the new house! The next step will be to enlarge the entry hole in the other bird house he built and see if we can attract another pair.
You can see both the unique design of the house as well as the over-sized piece of grass sticking out of the entry hole in the photo below. Click on either photo to get an enlarged view.
Unfortunately, the entry hole faces out into the back yard and I probably won't be able to get photos of the nest or babies because the porch is fairly high off the ground and because of the angle needed to photograph it. Maybe I can find a tall enough step ladder to put me on level with the birdhouse and use the zoom lens to get photos - we'll see what I can do.
This is sort of anti-climatic but I did finish the Cecropia Moth painting or at least I'm pretty sure it's finished. It's a painting I even like for a change too - well, mostly like - there are always things that could be improved! Will post a photo once the shine dries enough not to get glare.