Henry the House Wren

by Jenene Heyer
(Rochester, NY)

Henry's favorite perch.

Henry's favorite perch.

Henry's favorite perch. The tiny clay house. The babies have arrived!

At the end of June I noticed a jaunty little bird who sang his heart out from sunrise to sunset. He was so very tiny and that was what caught my attention- trying to figure out what he was.

He liked darting in and out of our wisteria vine under a pergola over part of our deck and voila! He noticed a little terracotta bird house I had hung as a decoration never thinking any bird would ever discover it- let alone occupy it.

I soon noticed tiny twigs poking out of the entrance and between songs Henry would labor intensely over his new home. He seemed to be a bachelor until one day he brought the Mrs.

They became part of our landscape singing and working over their nest. I became very attached to the little couple. It wasn't until my bird loving sister visited one day and told me he was a House Wren.

He sat on his favorite perch and gave her a show.

After reading about the House Wren's habits I gained a new understanding and appreciation for this tiny bird.

We went away on vacation for about ten days and upon returning it seemed as if the nest was abandoned. I did not hear the familiar song and saw no activity around the nest. I was heart broken.

I climbed up and peeked in the house to see if there was anything in the tiny clay house and the nest was built in such a way it was tipped and you could not see in it.

Not wanting to disturb it- just in case- I left it alone. A few hours later I heard him. Singing away and relieving my fears of sudden and total abandonment.

The next day my son said he heard baby birds squawking. I explained to him that I was pretty sure the nest was still empty but as the day went on the sounds got stronger. There were babies! I was so happy that Henry and his mate were successful with what was most likely brood number two of the season.

They seem to be happy where they are with the exception of the occasional scolding our poor elderly Labrador, Flynn, as he makes his way off the deck into the yard.

So I know they will not be around much longer as the summer wears on. Henry's song has been mostly replaced by the constant cries of the hungry brood. I hope after a clean out in the fall they will find their way back next spring to the tiny terracotta house under the vines!

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Aug 02, 2016
baby birds
by: Anonymous

I have had the pleasure of watching the parents teach their tiny little babies, there are two of them, how to hunt for bugs this summer. I know the babies sweet little song and that's how I know they're out. It's been funny watching Mommy block the hole by sitting on the pearch and the babies sitting on a nearby branch yelling at her, lately they have got more aggressive and they have been dive bombing Mom, they are still so little and so sweet. I am really going to miss them when they are gone.

Feb 05, 2016
Thank you for the nice notes!
by: Jenene Heyer

It is so nice to hear from others that have experienced the same emotions from hosting the Wrens as we have.
The birds are so small and delicate yet so strong. They have such interesting habits ans very beautiful songs.It is hard to not be woven into their daily web of activity.

I am hoping if we clean out the house enough that we will be chosen to host next spring's brood. What an honor it would be. It really brings the world to life.

Thank you.....

Feb 03, 2016
Sweet Henry story
by: Denise

Thanks so much for this inspirational tale. I had similar emotional reactions to my House Wren friends. I especially like Henry's pose and your effort to picture the brood in the nest.

Jul 26, 2015
I Have Just Experienced Nesting.
by: Anonymous

I really enjoyed your story. We have several houses around our yard but no one claimed them. Then my husband brought home an old wooden birdhouse he found. He mounted it in a tree I can see from our couch and every year birds have built nest.

This year was the first time I noticed something red in the hole. I stood up and went to the window and realized it was a baby with it's beak wide open. There are two babies and mom and dad are very busy!

I am so overjoyed to see them! We are on day no. Four. Found the binoculars and the family has been glued to them. I am so happy to be able to see nature at it's Best. Your story echoed your joy as well. The babies chirp all day!

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