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Bird nest in my hanging planter

I've got a birdnest in my hanging planter... yes, I should have taken pics of the eggs, and didn't. Now we have nestlings, or whatever they're called. Mama/papa are small, brown, and fly to a nearby tree and scold me when I get too near (like when I'm watering my other hanging planters).
I've pretty decisively identified them as Carolina Wrens, but if I'm wrong, feel free to tell me.
I didn't even recognize it as a nest at first, I thought it was just a clump of leaves that somehow wound up in my planter. It's not open, like I'm accustomed to nests being (it has a side opening).

I've also pretty much given up on watering the flowers in that planter, as well.... I figure they're a small price to pay for fostering new bird life.

Also...

How do I encourage them to return next year (or stay through the winter, or whatever)?
birdnest.jpg
birdnest.jpg
carolina wren.jpg
carolina wren.jpg
babies impatiently waiting on mama/papa to bring lunch
babies impatiently waiting on mama/papa to bring lunch
nestlings 3
nestlings 3
Taken through my kitchen window
Taken through my kitchen window
nestlings
nestlings