For some reason, just when barbecue season is rolling around, the wrens want to build a nest and raise a family under the lid of my charcoal grill. Last year their nest already had five eggs when I discovered it.
Knowing the types of locations wrens typically choose, I moved the nest into a small bucket laid on its side. I made sure to tilt it so water would not get in and collect (I’m sure wrens instinctively take such things into account). The birds readily accepted the new location.
This photo from last year shows the mother in the nest and the male coming to feed her.
This year the wrens built a nest in the exact same spot in my barbecue. I intend to grill out quite a lot this spring and summer so the nest had to go. This time there were no eggs in the nest yet. I slid the nest into a cardboard box laid on its side with two of the flaps closed and placed it on top of the freezer on the porch about fifteen feet away. Once again the birds have accepted the new location and are putting the finishing touches on their nest.
Wrens are good neighbors. They eat a lot of bugs and insects around the house and garden. I wish them well.