When Nature and grad school collide

March 21, 2011 § 15 Comments

This morning, as I prepared to settle in for another day with Chapter Two, I noticed that the cats were glued to the back door, just staring out the window. As this is not particularly abnormal behavior for them, I ignored it and ate my breakfast. Until ten minutes later, they were still there…and both were looking in the same direction…obviously at something. Peeping through the closed blinds above their heads, I saw what they saw: a rather industrious and clever little male wren who discovered an unused, meant-to-have-been-thrown-away planter on a storage shelving unit. Of course, I grabbed my camera, videotaped the wren (and his mate who joins in at one point), and got to shooting.

This is the trailer for the forthcoming documentary that will detail the lives of the wrens as they build their home, lay their eggs, and raise their little family. (Of course, these are all hopes…I worry that we will frighten them because we will walk past their nest on a pretty regular basis, since that’s the door Annie goes out of to go potty. We might have to rework our habits. And, yes. I’m willing to rework habits for the sake of a little wren family.)


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§ 15 Responses to When Nature and grad school collide

  • Amazing. Wonderful. Life-affirming goodness!

    • Mrs. H. says:

      Thanks, Sandy! I’m so excited to see these little guys starting their family in my backyard. It just makes my day. 🙂 Thanks for visiting my blog as well.

  • Kirsten says:

    Oh my god, that video made me laugh so hard.

    A+ for video editing, AHab!

    • Mrs. H. says:

      Hehehe, I’m glad you enjoyed it, Kirsten! 🙂 Thanks for visiting. And I should say, too…I used a trailer template in iMovie. All I did was follow the directions when it said “put a clip here” and “put another clip here.” The template did all the rest of the genius work. 🙂

  • Lisa says:

    BRILLIANT! Can I come when you win the Academy Award?! Yay, nature. Now get back to writing. 😉

    • Mrs. H. says:

      Lol, Lisa, absolutely! I’ll make sure to get you a ticket! 😉 And not to worry–it didn’t eat up too much of my writing time. Probably just about twenty minutes or so. I was using a template in iMovie, and the only thing that took the longest was learning exactly how to select clips to drag into the empty slots, hehe. I shouldn’t get too much credit, I think. 😉

  • Tori Nelson says:

    Ahahahaha! A triump of the avian spirit! YOU ARE TOO FUNNY!

    • Mrs. H. says:

      Hehe, thanks! 🙂 I’m glad you liked it. I had a lot of fun figuring out exactly what Beatrice’s quote should be. I think this one just really seals her personality, though. 😉

  • Absolutely brilliant, Amanda! And so damn funny! Can’t wait for the next segment!

    • Mrs. H. says:

      Haha, thanks Kathy! 🙂 I hope they decide to stay there so that I can film the next segment. A few years ago, I got to watch a family of wrens nest, lay eggs, raise their hatchlings, and teach the babies to fly. It was incredible. They lived on my apartment balcony, in a dead hanging plant that I was too lazy to throw away. If not throwing things away equals me getting wrens to come and nest…then I might just be a lot more lazy a lot more often! 🙂 The funny thing is (or maybe it’s just nature), when I witnessed the wrens the first time in 2008, they settled in right about this time of the year, too. Their biological clocks are incredible!

  • phdprocrastination says:

    Love it! What fun.

  • petthedog says:

    Looks like someone is making use of her new Mac 😉 Very funny, and what beautiful little birds!

    • Mrs. H. says:

      Hehe, yeah…maybe someone shouldn’t have shown me the most awesome trailer ever of her nephew. 😉 It was really quick and easy to make, though, so that was great. (And for it to be that easy but look so professional is astounding. Go Mac!) I hope my beautiful little birds hang around…I didn’t see them at all this afternoon, which has me worried. But I think I remember this happening in 2008, too. I think they worked on their nest, then were gone for a day or two, and then settled in. So…maybe their settling their affairs at the old home? 😉

  • […] Spring began, our front and backyards have been awash in color, both flora and fauna. Our wrens have chosen a different place to nest, and I believe their eggs hatched yesterday (just guessing […]

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