Possible abandoned house wren nest?

by Laura S.
(East Aurora, NY)

PLEASE HELP! I am not sure what to do, if anything. I have a small bird house in the lilac tree outside my bedroom window.


I have been enjoying watching the mother bring insects to her fledglings (I can see at least two) and video taping them for the past two days.

She literally feeds her babies from sun up until sundown. However, I have not seen her all morning long today.

I am worried something may have happened to her; or could this be how wrens get their fledglings to leave the nest? The babies have been chirping nonstop all morning.

It's now early afternoon and still no sign of parent birds. Should I be concerned? Is there anything I can/should do?

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Sep 13, 2016
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Dead Wren found inside Wren House
by: Anonymous Narberth PA

I found a dead wren inside the house that had housed baby wrens. The baby birds had already matured and flown away. The dead bird was an adult. I noticed twigs and grass sticking out of the hole and when I investigated and cleared the opening I found the dead wren.

It was early Fall and the time that I usually clean out the wren house. I buried the bird and after reading about sparrows on this site I am wondering if sparrows would have done this. This was the third year that a wren had nested in this house.

Jul 28, 2016
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Snakes or House Sparrows
by: Gene

Snakes leave no sign. Please don't think you have no snakes. You have wrens, you have snakes around.

Usually, House Sparrows pierce the eggs or drop them out where others will eat such as opossums, raccoons, or snakes.

Jul 28, 2016
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Abandoned wren house
by: Nancy

It is my thought that the mother wren stops feeding when it is time for the babies to leave. We have had this happen in the past, and again this week.

Last year the mother stayed nearby and coaxed the babies out into the wigella shrub.

Jul 07, 2016
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6 wren eggs are gone no egg shells
by: Anonymous

Wren laid 6 eggs 1 week ago. She sat on them, now today all the eggs are gone. No egg shells

Jun 27, 2016
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Wren question
by: Anonymous

Not sure.
Do you have a tree that has a lot of cover near the outside of the garage? She will probably hear the babies crying for food. I would try to leave the nest where it is until you have to leave.

Some babies only stay in the nest around 15 days, so this way it will give them more of a chance to get bigger before you try to move it. Also, in case you do move it and the mother doesn't come near it, you can always call a wildlife rehabilitator or vets.

It does take awhile for parent birds to feel it is o.k. to go back to the nest. Sometimes you don't think they have been near it all day, but they sneak in and out without anyone even noticing.

Is there a way that your neighbor can open and close the garage door for you while you are away? I know that sounds crazy, but any ideas are helpful. I love wrens also. Another idea, is does she sit on the nest all night? You could try to trap her and the nest. That way they would stay together.

I actually found 3 little cedar waxwings that the parents had abandoned, and I gave them to a EMS - person in Rochester, NY. She took them for 3 weeks and then released them back in my yard. It was great to see. Keep us posted.

Jun 25, 2016
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can I move a wren's nest with 4 hatchlings?
by: bonnie

today, as I was cleaning the garage, a mother wren flew out of a basket. I peeked inside and saw 3 babies and 1 egg. the babies we probably a day old. we are leaving next week for 6 days and our garage door will be closed the entire time. Can I move the basket outside of my garage? will the parents find it? will they come back if I only touch the basket and not the nest. I love having wrens and don't want to lose these?

Jun 22, 2016
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cleaning birdhouse
by: Gene

It's a good idea to give the house a good cleaning between nestings. Just be sure they're gone and others have not moved in.

Gene

Jun 21, 2016
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Carolina Wren...neglectful parenting
by: Anonymous

i have the same issue the father and mother took turns feeding babies one look out other fed vice versa..suddenly today nothing but crying babies.They were so hungry they keep crawling out of nest and plop on ground..i put back got worm cut up and fed..( let me tell you...disssssgusssting) . i put them back twice they are no where near ready to leave nest one has eyes half open the other not at all. i got youtube songs of adult carolina wrens and babies...and played them ..adults responded but stayed far away! i went inside as i saw one get close to house but never came near babies..i put upa boxso they dontfall the4 feet to ground one is out in box ..They have other babies during year i guess but whats the point to feed all day and suddenly stop...they are no where near covered in feathers

Jun 21, 2016
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What to do with nest after season.
by: Shirley

Is it okay to empty the wren house after they left?

Jun 10, 2016
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Mama Carolina Wren has disappeared! Plz HELP!
by: Cathy

I have a Carolina Wren nest in the hole of my front door decorative wreath. It's been cute seeing the mama sitting inside there. Actually, we can only see her eyeballs and the top of her head.

A few days ago I went to the nest to check in on her. She wasn't there. To be nice I went back into my house and brought back some seeds. I laid them on my porch where I saw her once before. The next day I checked in on her again. Nothing.

I was kinda confused. Did she not lay any eggs and left? Today I took my cell and decided to video tape the inside of the nest. I didn't know if she had even laid any eggs but figured she had something since she was always sitting inside and bringing home food.

So this is my finding. There is only one egg inside. I don't see any evidence of the presence of any other eggs. My question for everyone is this.

What can I do? Take the egg and warm it up? How do I even do that? Or do I even try to save the baby inside? Will the mama come back? Did she know something about the egg that I don't know by just looking at it, like the baby inside had deceased?

I don't know 100% if she's abandoned her nest. Can I do anything? If so, what?? Please help! I love almost all animals and birds, and I just want to help it!!! ~~~Cathy in Cary, NC

May 30, 2016
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Mama wren may have flown the coop
by: Bird Lady

We have a wrens nest and only one of four has hatched. Mama is no where to be found. I am worried for the baby birds. Is there anything I can do? I am worried something has happened to her. Any suggestions?

May 30, 2016
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Reuse of Nest
by: Gene

If you don't want any more broods raised then remove the nest. Wait a couple of days so that they are long gone. (the fledglings)The adults may nest close by because it's now their territory.

May 29, 2016
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To destroy or not to destroy
by: Christine

Carolina Wren made a nest and has raised her babies on my balcony. Came out this morning and everybody's gone...so proud by the way 😀 My question is, can i destroy the nest now? Or do they come back to the "maternity ward"?

May 12, 2016
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Birds and Cats
by: Anonymous

All of you bird lovers should NOT have outdoor cats. And to just keep them inside while nesting is going on to only let them back out afterwards makes no sense as they will still kill birds.

They are indiscriminate killers and to create a bird habitat, and entice birds to nest, etc. to just have your cat kill them is incredibly irresponsible and ignorant.

Domestic cats are not part of the natural landscape and should remain indoors. A well fed cat is the best "hunter"!

May 10, 2016
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Momma wren not here for second day!
by: Anonymous

I'm having the same issue - momma bird no longer around for the second day!! Babies are chirping like crazy and actually falling out of the nest (which happens to be a baggie holder in my garage!!). I put them back in, they aren't flying yet but do flap their wings. I don't know what to do, what to feed them, or what. We have cats and I am crazy they are going to catch one as they fall out. Anyone have any ideas???

May 09, 2016
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Wren nest
by: Karen

Hello all:

I have a Carolina Wren nest on my deck. I also have cats. My "outside Cat" is now staying in the majority of the time. I give her a brief time out at night after all the birds are nesting. The Mother Wren is sitting on her eggs. I was seeing the Dad but have not seen him for a few days. I hope my cat did not harm him before I knew what was going on here. The Mom (not sure why this is being underlined)..is not leaving the nest at all right now that I have seen. Is this typical ?. How is she eatling..etc.. My Cat will be in all the time as activity at the nest (Mom feeding, young leaving) increases. I sure hope this all works out. I Love birds.
Karen

Apr 11, 2016
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wrens
by: Gene

Often the wrens will reduce feedings in order to motivate the young to leave the nest. It's rare for them to abandon their young.

Predators such as cats and hawks and others, do get the wrens from time to time. You'll have to wait and see what develops.

Apr 10, 2016
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I'm worried our babies have been abandoned
by: Anonymous

We have a tall wrought iron flower planter just outside the French doors of the den downstairs A pair of wrens built a nest in it. There are four babies in the best.

The birds have had no problems flying in and out of the nest even when I'm outside. It was just yesterday that I seen the babies parents at the nest.

The little ones have been crying ever time I go out the door. I'm so worried they have been abandoned. It will break my heart to see them die. For someone who may know.

Is this something that happens? I've read the mother wren sometimes will leave the nest for awhile. Will both parents leave and the other stay to feed them? I'm so serious about them.

Jul 27, 2015
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To Stacey
by: Anonymous

Many baby birds learn how to fly in the nest, and many learn on the ground. Robins don't know how to fly for quite some time. I bet the babies were getting ready to go anyway. They flap their wings still in the nest to get the mothers attention, when she is feeding each one of them.

So they are learning how to do that since the moment they hatch. I bet at some point in time when you least expect it, you will see one or two of the babies in the tree tops.

I actually saw a baby cedar waxwing climb the side of a plum tree. The tree was a little slanted, and I couldn't believe what I had seen. Parent birds, are hard to see when they go to feed their young, because they are protecting them, but I'm sure the parents are around.

Every day a bird wings get stronger, it is amazing to watch. My favorite birds right now are the cedar waxwings & chickadees.

Jul 23, 2015
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Thanks
by: Stacey

Thanks you too. I wish they wod come back to the nest! But I guess they are some where 😔 I do feel bad that I believe I scared them out before momma and daddy taught them.

Jul 23, 2015
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Wrens
by: Anonymous

Glad to hear that the babies sound like they are a lot older than anticipated. They do like mealworms & so do robins & cat birds.

Sounds like they are dong fine if they are already moving around quite a bit, especially flying. Birds learn very quickly.

I saw a downy woodpecker on my hummingbird feeder last night. I didn't realize that they liked sugar water also. Have a great weekend.

Jul 22, 2015
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Hope I didn't kill them
by: Anonymous

well I got home from work and no birds have returned. Before I left for work I went out to the yard and I saw them flying all over the place and I do know they had a ton of fathers more so than I've seen, they actually look like wren birds and I know they said after 15, 16 days they usually leave the nest I'm hoping today was like Day 16 LOL I went and bought mealworms to try and entice them to come back but the geckos keep eating them. 😁

Jul 22, 2015
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Wren question
by: Anonymous

If you wear a pair of gloves, and hold them tightly, but not too tightly try to put them back in to the pot/nest.
It is a wives tail that you can't touch them. I have actually put baby birds back in to a nest. (if they fly back out, they probably are gettting old enough to be moving around anyway) Grab a large bucket if you can and put them all back in it, so that they don't try to jump out while you are moving them back in.

Momma & Daddy will then go back to the nest and take care of them. Do you think they are big enough to be ready to start learning to fly already out of the nest? Birds are very quick learners.

Wren parents will make loud noises if you get too close, but don't worry they are just protecting their babies. If parents abandon the babies, you can always find a wild life rehabilitator, may be through EMS, or Vets (only if necessary). Good luck.

Jul 22, 2015
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I hope I didn't kill them 😁
by: Stacey

I have a planter outside my front door which had 4 baby wren eggs one must've died because the egg disappeared the eggs hatched and Mama has been feeding them growing fast with feathers.

They have all their feathers now and are chubby little wrens. I've noticed a lot of poop on my front patio so I was cleaning off the poop and I peaked into the planter and the three baby birds flew out and then mama and daddy bird were going crazy, they popped out of nowhere trying to wrangle up the babies now I'm afraid they left the nest too early because of me.

I went out to the yard and I saw the three babies kind of flying around but kind of bumping into the sides of the houses and the mom and the daddy bird were sweeping back-and-forth trying to gather them.

I feel so bad that I scared them out of their nest and feel that I might've killed them all. Do they come back to he nest?

Jun 29, 2015
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Wrens
by: Anonymous

Dear Linda,
Sparrows go after wrens, so unfortunately may be the mother had gotten killed by a sparrow or any other type of bird or cat, and didn't get back to the babies in time, or even cold weather can hinder the babies. I feel bad also when I know a baby didn't make it, but I have to always remember that is nature. It was nice that you were looking out for them. Take care.

Jun 26, 2015
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Baby Wrens
by: Linda

Hi-
About 3 weeks ago I went to pick up an old box on my back porch & a wren flew out of it. I looked inside & saw that she had a nest with 4 eggs in it.

I so enjoyed watching her daily & waiting for them to hatch. They hatched about 6 days ago & she seemed to be a very good mother, they were thriving, beginning to get feathers but eyes still closed. I didn't see her yesterday at all.

The babies late in the day were crying like crazy but I figured she was out getting food. Well...I woke up this morning & all of the babies were dead! The mother was no where to be found & I believe a while later the father came around.

He got in the nest several times checking the babies, chirping like crazy, hung out for about 10 mins. then flew off when he realized they were dead.

I think something must have happened to the mother, because she was feeding them, then just disappeared. I also believe the father was probably looking for her too.

I feel very bad about the babies dying, a bit guilty even. Thinking if I had known she wasn't feeding them I could have helped. What do you think may have happened? Thanks

Jun 24, 2015
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To Teri
by: Anonymous

Hi Teri,
I'm sure if the parents are still feeding the babies, they are fine. If something was wrong with any of the babies sometimes they kick the baby out of the nest, so just keep watch. She is also probably reconstructing the nest because of the storm. If per chance you feel that the nest has been abandoned you can check to see if there is a wildlife rehabilitator in your area that can help with the babies. There are also a lot of You-tube videos on how to do that also, but it sounds like you wont have to worry about that it sound like they are fine. If a baby falls out, you can put it back up in the box, just wear gloves. Thanks.

Jun 24, 2015
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House Wren Nest
by: Teri

Hello-
We had a big storm and a branch fell down with a wren house on it. I went out and hung it back up. It was full of babies which were close to fledging.

Should I try to look inside the nest to see if they are ok or leave it alone? Both the female and male are adding more sticks and bringing food in the house.

After I saw this my thought was to leave it alone.
Thoughts?
Thanks!
Teri

Aug 04, 2014
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Where are my wrens
by: Anonymous

Hi Laura,
I forgot to mention to just watch out for sparrows, I had previously had my wren house in the back of my yard, and the sparrows didn't like them being near their bird houses, so I had to move it to the front of the yard.

The sparrow would actually not allow the wren to go in to the entrance hole. Every time the wren would get near the house, the sparrow would sit near the house, and not let him in.

I finally moved it to the front, and it was fine. The sparrows finally gave up. I would actually stand under the tree, when I heard the sparrow and the poor wren making his alarming noise to get the sparrow away.

The wrens have beautiful voices - I read that it is the male that sings, a lot - especially early in the mornings and around dusk. You're right, it is a beautiful time of the year. Chili, NY area

Aug 04, 2014
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wrens abandoned house
by: Anonymous

Hi,

I actually cleaned out my wren house, just the other day. Once they fledged, I left it there for about another 4-5 weeks, and no one returned.

I opened it up, very carefully, just in case there were any new eggs, babies etc. Then I put it back up in its same location. I hope to get some new activity soon.



Aug 04, 2014
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Where are my wrens? Take 2!
by: Lainie

Thank you for your kind time. I have a feeling they all left the nest....the day before the spraying, the parents would let me know I was a little too close by their very loud chirping.

Today, to be sure, I got very close to the bird house and didn't see anything, although the twigs go very low into the cavity of the house. No little dead babies on the ground either.

I went back to my reading and lo and behold, one of the parents returned and sat right in front of me on a shepherd's hook. She did not make an effort to return to the house, but kept scattering about the ground without any sounds.

Just nibbling on a few scattered seeds in my yard. The babies of the song sparrows, finches and robbins are also gone along with the blue jays and cardinals. The doves are sticking around as usual. They usually stay all winter.

The landscaper did not spray any of my arborvitaes and will return this week to take care of the spider mites.

I think there isn't too much to worry about now with babies or parents...My feeling is that they have all flown off to their new chapters and I will greatly miss them.

It has been a wonderful lesson in nature and parenthood! Humans have so much to learn! Should I clean out the bird house in the fall, or just leave it for the wrens to care for?

I so hope they return next year...it's the best entertainment and totally free! Thanks again for your kind thoughts!

Aug 04, 2014
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Abandoned bird house wrens
by: Anonymous

This is how the mother wren tries to get them to fledge. She is probably in the area, and you just haven't seen her. She is probably out looking for food.

If you stand near the nest, and make a chirp noise, if she is in the area, she will fly over to you and make an alarming noise, to scare you away. The larger the babies the louder they chirp.

Keep watching though. My wren used to be very active near the nest around 7:30/8:00 in the morning, and around 5:30 - 7:00 at night.

Aug 04, 2014
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Wrens -spraying tree
by: Anonymous

You probably should have waited a few more weeks before spraying the tree until the fledgings have moved on, but I understand the time restrictions that you had.

You can actually look into the bird house or nest with a flash light to see if you see any other little birds.

May be they were big enough to fledge already, and that is why the other bird was pushed out of the nest.

If you stand under the nest, and make a chirping noise, the parent might actually be sitting on the nest still and that is why you haven't seen her.

If she hears the noise, or sees you near the nest, she will definately make a loud chirping noise, to alarm you to stay away.

Also, she might have been frightened by the landscaper. Also, they might have other babies out in the trees, that she is feeding, then trying to find food for her birds in the nesting box.

It's amazing how you think that they aren't around, but then all of a sudden, there they are. If you find babies, being unattended you can call a wildlife rehabilitator to stop over and help out. Wrens are a lot of fun to watch.

I had someone help me out with 3 babies (cedar waxwings), that fell out of my neighbors yard too soon, because they had a landscaper trimming the branch around them, and she took care of them for 4 weeks then released them back in to my yard.

Wrens love to eat mealworms - and they grab little sacks of spiders eggs, to put around their nest, the spiders hatch and they somehow keep the nest clean.

So, that could be why you are having troubles with spider mites. Not sure though.

Aug 01, 2014
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Where are my wrens?
by: Lainie

I've had the most beautiful summer watching a pair of wrens build their nest and raise their family finally settling in a birdhouse that was empty for 3 years!

About two weeks ago, both parents pushed a dead baby out of the house which took them all afternoon and it hung precariously from the opening. He was a huge baby for a wren.

I buried it...I have put off having my trees sprayed all summer because of the wrens and other birds that are nesting.

However, yesterday was the final day my landscaper to spray as my trees are loaded with spider mites and need care. I warned the tech about the nests and he was careful to not disturb any nests.

Not sure if it's a coincidence, but there is absolute silence from the birdhouse and I have not seen the parents all day. I'm hoping they were not frightened away.

The spray should not have hurt them per my landscaper and there are no dead wrens found. All the other birds are obvious and taking care of their little ones.

Any thoughts to set my mind at ease would be so appreciated. I'm so upset that they left their yard!

Aug 01, 2014
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No return
by: Gene

The young do not return to the house after fledging.

Aug 01, 2014
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Do wren families come back and use nest with babies on same day
by: Anonymous

My baby wrens left their house for first flight today amazing! Both parents chasing off other birds! Quite a sight!

Now will they return to their neat tonight after their first day out? Or do they stay out now? I can hear the parents.

They're kind of tree hopping. So will they all return to the nest later today or tonight?

Jul 09, 2014
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Connie
by: Anonymous

Just got back from vacation, just read your e-mail.
Have you seen the parent birds within the last few days? If the babies are still alive, see if you have a wildlife bird rehabilitator in your area. Check veterinarians, ems - ambulance (sometimes they know of someone that can help out).

If you can't find anyone, check on the internet - you-tube videos, and read up on what the certain bird eats. Wrens eat mealworms and other insects - probably crushed live ones - you can get at a pet shop. What location do you live in? Good luck

Jul 05, 2014
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mother abandoned babies
by: Connie

I have a nest in my garage and the 4 babies have opened their eyes, but I have not seen the parents at the nest for about 2 days. Is there something I can feed them? - I know they are still alive, but seem very weak.

Jun 23, 2014
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Question re: wrens disappearing
by: Anonymous

Do you have many sparrows in the yard? Sparrows are very territorial. I had a new wren house that I had put up and actually had to move it to the front yard because the sparrows wouldn't allow the wren to go in to the house.

Luckily it didn't have any eggs in it, I removed the sticks & they re-nested in the front yard. Eventually the one sparrow finally left them alone.

I actually stood under the nest when I heard the alarming noise from the mother wren, and realized the sparrow was on top of the house. They have since had babies, now they are on a second brood.

Try not to have a lot of feed out for the sparrows, so that eventually they might leave your area to search for other areas to nest.

Sparrows I have read, also might try to kill the female, so may be the wren decided to take her babies to a safer location.

The wrens as you know can been seen, in the early mornings singing, and also between 5 -8 at night. They are probably still in the trees, because I have seen some of the new babies in the trees, but they can be so quiet that you don't even know any bird is around.

She is probably just out and about teaching them to search for food & and teaching them how to fly. She might even be searching for another nesting site.

I wouldn't be surprised to see her go back to the site where she had her other brood because she was so successful the first time. Have fun.

Jun 22, 2014
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family of wrens dissapear
by: Anonymous

I have a birdhouse in my backyard and two house wrens started a family. I have been watching everyday from start to finish how they began this venture.

The eggs finally hatched and I've been enjoying watching the parents feed babies all day long, listening to singing and chirping constantly. It was beautiful.

This has been going on for about a little over a week. This morning I went out to watch and listen and there was no activity or sounds. So upset!
What could have happened? Pls someone who's knowledgeable let me know.

Jun 18, 2014
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Wrens - and their egg
by: Anonymous

I read something on the internet that they lay an egg every day, but don't sit on the nest till all the eggs (usually around 6) are ready to be sat on.
Keep an eye out for sparrows and keep them away from the wrens. I'm sure the wrens will be back. I noticed at the beginning, mine was usually near her nest in the early mornings, and around 5:30-6:30 ea night, once all the eggs have been laid.

She might even have some other babies up in the trees needing to be fed. They are a lot of fun to watch, and their song is absolutely beautiful.

Buy a wren house at some point (after the other nest & eggs have fledged, keep away from other bird houses, and I guarantee you will get a wren. I put one up in my yard and within a day they found it. Have fun.

Jun 17, 2014
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Wrens Mansion build, one egg no parents
by: Love my wild birds

Last friday I was startled going out my front door by 2 Wrens. I looked to the corner by my front door where they were building in a flower pot that is up on an iron plant stand.

I left them be, but checked later and had the glorious opportunity to watch them work. I stayed at the end of the front walk, they came right by me to get sticks, supplies and grass.

They did not seem bothered that I was watching them. What a gorgeous nest they built. I was away for the weekend, came back yesterday to their perfect nest and one egg. No parents to be found.

We had the cleaning ladies, and the pest control and UPS at the door yesterday, would that scare them away from their egg? Im so sad if they left. Tampa Florida.

Jun 16, 2014
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A Better Way
by: Gene

Hi Folks,

Rather than go through all the trouble of using something that will deteriorate over time to reduce the entrance hole, you might want to use these. They're pretty cheap and the sparrows can't pull them apart.

birdhouse hole guard
Entance Hole Protector

Gene

wild-bird-watching.com

Jun 16, 2014
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Wrens Doing Well
by: Anonymous

Good idea about using a bumper sticker to change the size of the entrance of the birdhouse. We had a problem with the wrens being attacked by sparrows. We realized that the sparrows are very territorial.

We took down our wren house - luckily it only had sticks in it, no eggs. Moved it to the front yard. Our sparrows nest in houses in the back.

I removed the sticks out of the wren house and hung it in the front yard in a tree. Within a day they found it again and started building a nest again.

Every now and then the sparrow sits near the wren house, and I go outside and stand under the tree, when I hear the wren making an alarming noise, then the sparrow soon leaves the area.

The wren immediately goes back in to her house and the singing begins. Eventually the one sparrow that has been bugging the wren has left her alone.

I have now even seen baby wrens in the two front maple trees, where the wren house it located. Looks like she is starting to have another brood, so all is well.

Next year, I think I'm going to take down all of the bird houses and make the entrance holes small enough only for the wrens, chickadees, etc. I enjoy the smaller birds because of their beautiful voice, and color. What a beautiful time of the year.

Jun 14, 2014
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Response to "Wren being attacked by sparrow"
by: Anonymous

I'm hoping the person who posted in May is still checking this site. I had the same issue with house sparrows being aggressive towards a male wren that was building a nest in my birdhouse for a month.

They actually wrecked his nicely woven twig nest and smashed it, and wanted to take it over. I finally realized the easiest way to keep the sparrows from being aggressive was to make it impossible for them to enter the birdhouse.

The house door was set to bluebird size, which is something like 1 1/2", but I took a thick outdoor bumper sticker I had, folded it in half, and cut a circle out of the center. I then used scissors to cut away the paper backing only 1/2" from the each edge, leaving the paper on the center of the sticker, around the hole I 'd cut out.

I then stuck the new 'door' to the bird house over the old birdhouse opening. I made the entrance only something like 1" wide.

I offset the placement of the sticker a little below the original door so that wood from the entrance is still available to 'grab', since they hang there before entering sometimes.

The sparrows immediately realized they were too big to enter the birdhouse and lost interest in the house within an hour

The male eventually found a female, and the babies are all happy and chirping away all day, each time they hear the parents' calling/singing.

If you use my technique to create a new, smaller door to your birdhouse, just keep in mind that only chickadees, wrens, and maybe warblers can nest in there, but not sparrows, bluebirds, or others.

Jun 13, 2014
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White sac
by: Anonymous

The white sac that you see is the fledgings waste. The parents during the day will remove the sacs and fly away from the nest and drop them. She cleans the nest periodically.

If you find a bird that you think a parent has abandoned - check to see if you have a Bird or Wildlife rehabilitator in your area. We actually have a EMS that I found through a Volunteer Fire Dept. - that rehabilitates little birds, bunnies, turtles, etc. Some vets also take them.

If you need to rehabilitate a baby bird, check out the You-tube videos - there are many videos to watch. Some birds eat berries, and others eat insects. Thanks.

Jun 13, 2014
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Wrens parents
by: Anonymous

I have wrens that have been nesting in my yard also. Sometimes the mother wren will leave the nest for quite awhile. I think she goes and gets food for herself, then goes back to the nest.

I read something that she sits on the nest for 45 min at a time, leaves for 15 min. to get food, then repeats that all day. Mine leaves the nest for a long time.

Just watch her, to make sure the sparrows aren't going after her, because they are very territorial, and sometimes they try to keep her from going back in to her birdhouse.

Because she leaves the nest for quite awhile, I also noticed that she had a baby bird in another tree, that she was watching out for.

That is why she probably was leaving the nest unattended for awhile. You can tell if she sings all day to her babies in the trees, she is doing well.

She sings first day in the real early morning, and around 5:30 pm. I bought some dried mealworms for them and hung it on a tree away from the wren house. Have fun.

Jun 12, 2014
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Wren abadoned nest with 5 eggs
by: Carol, from PA

I have an Wren nest in my close pin bag. The parents were sitting on the 5 eggs. As of the last 5 days, no parent has showed up. What would make the parents leave the eggs?

May 31, 2014
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Carolina wren question
by: Alison

I have a nest with babies about 9 days old now. The nest was touched by a human hands and at least one of the babies was touched (night before last). I read here that abandonment after touched by humans is a myth.

The parents were feeding the birds yesterday but I have not seen them at all today and am nervous. Perhaps they are being encouraged to leave the nest.

Looked in earlier and saw a strange looking egg sac? it is white and has a soft shell or casing. Looked again and there is another one at the mouth of the nest. Any ideas as to what this could be? A spider egg? really weird!

A little smaller than the wren eggs were and a little pointed at the end on each and again very soft looking almost like a larvae. Thanks for any replies.

May 20, 2014
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Wren being attacked by sparrow
by: Anonymous

I have been reading a lot about wrens. I also noticed first hand that wren adults can get attacked by sparrows when they try to nest in wren houses. I don't know if it is territorial or what?

I actually took a wren house down before they had any eggs because I knew the sparrows would kill the female.

I am thinking about getting a predator guard for the entrance hole, and may be putting a hole on the back of the bird house with another predator guard on that also, just so that the female wren can get out of the house without being attacked.

The sparrow sits on the branch outside the house and won't even let her in. I can't think of anything else to do.

Any ideas would be helpful. Thanks.

May 17, 2014
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Urgent
by: Tweedle dee

We have a couple of baby Carolina wrens whose nest was bothered by a neighbor's cat. The parents haven't been back to feed all day and we've started to feed them. How often should they be fed?
Thanks.

May 31, 2013
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Myth
by: Wild-Bird-Watching.com

It is absolutely a myth that touching eggs will cause abandonment. Songbirds have a very weak sense of smell and will not abandon nest, eggs, or young because they've been touched.

However, the oil on our hands can cause harm to the eggs so touching no more than needed is best.

To learn what's involved with incubating eggs please look at:

Found A Bird Egg.

Gene
wild-bird-watching

May 31, 2013
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2 house wren eggs
by: MaMaRae

My son moved a bird house with me knowing. He later found it on the ground and told me about it. This was after a big rain. The eggs were on the ground and one was busted. He begged to keep the others.

I have always heard that once a human has touched bird eggs the mother won't take care of them because they'll have a smell she doesn't recognize. This could be a myth, I have no idea. Now we have these 2 eggs under a lamp. I am wondering if we have done the right thing. Can we still put them back? What should we do?

Jun 10, 2012
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6baby wrens
by: Anonymous

I had 6 baby wrens in my garage so cute will they come back??

Jun 05, 2012
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BABY WRENS 4 days old
by: Joy Walker

We have 5 baby wrens, about 4 days old. They make no noise yet and the mom has been great. I watch them constantly outside my bedroom window.

Since she built the nest inside the cup on my table and laid one egg per day, she has been in that nest EVERY night for the past three weeks.

Since the eggs hatched she has feed them every 20 minutes and never missed a beat. We had a bad storm tonight and the mommy wren hasn't been back in about 6 hours. It is now 9:40pm CST in Louisiana and now mommy wren. I need advice quick. I don't want the babies to die. I need to know what to do.

May 21, 2012
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ABANDONED EGGS
by: Anonymous

I have found a nest with eggs in it three weeks ago
today. The bird has sat on the eggs almost
constantly until yesterday. Shouldn't the eggs
have hatched earlier? Did she know they wouldn't
hatch is why she left? The nest has not been
disturbed at all. She is not there this a.m.
either. Would appreciate a possible answer.

Aug 17, 2011
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3 orphaned wrens
by: mary

I, too, have found 3 baby house wrens in our birdhouse with one parent on the ground, dead. I have watched all day for the second parent to return, but it has not, and the babies have been frantically chirpping all day.

A local rehab volunteer said to lift the birds from the nest, lay white paper towel down, and return them to the nest.

Check later; if the birds have pooped, then they are being fed quietly, probably a response to the earlier attack which killed the other bird!

If no bowel movements are found on the paper, soften dog or cat food, break into tiny pieces, tap the side of the baby beak, when mouth opens wide, feed the babies by hand.

Two are eating well and pooping immediately, the third appears weak but it finally started eating some.

She also said to look into the house with a flashlight at night; if there is no adult with the babies, bring them in for protection.

We did this, gave them a night feeding and all three are sleeping soundly now. Tomorrow I will deliver them to the rehab home. Wow....what a day!

Jul 28, 2011
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Common Among Songbirds
by: Wild-Bird-Watching.com

Keep in mind that the adult birds will withhold food in order to get the young to leave the nest. This encourages the young to leave the nest to find their parents and food.

Also, some fledglings are too heavy when fledging time comes. They must lose some weight before leaving the nest.

As one other visitor said, it would be very rare that something happened to both adult birds. Which would be about the only way the nest of young would be abandoned.

Gene
www.wild-bird-watching.com

Jul 28, 2011
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Answer
by: linda in PA

The parents will incubate the eggs for 10-14 days,then after hatching, take care of the young in the nest for another 10-14 days. Then the young and parents leave the nest, before the young can fly, and the parents feed the young for another two weeks or so.

Jul 28, 2011
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baby wrens
by: Anonymous

I have listened to the babies calling out to their parents all day yesterday and again this morning I am VERY worried about what might have happened to the pair of parents. They are in a bird house outside my kitchen window that has been used by these wrens for years!

Jun 19, 2011
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Abandoned wrens return
by: Elsa in Ontario

Had a similar issue today. Babies were crying for parents all morning and they were no where to be found. I was sure the babies would be dead by morning.

After looking around, I found the adults building a new nest in another house I had set out the previous year. They HAD abandoned their first nest!

I quickly took down house number 2 and watched as they circled in confusion looking for their new digs. After about 1/2 and hour mom found her way back to the screaming babies in the first nest. She went into the house and was there for a good minute or two. I was really curious to see what would happen.

She emerged, and rose to the challenge. She collected insects non stop all day and fed the little guys until I could actually hear them getting louder (stronger). I won't put out another house until these guys have flown the coup for certain.

One hypothesis I have is that these birds tend to make two sets of babies a summer at our place. They were late in getting started this year due to odd weather.

I wonder if something was telling them that today is the day to make nest number 2 and maybe that led them to abandoning the first nest? Any thoughts?

Jun 05, 2011
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Carolina Wrens abandon nest
by: Cynthia in Ohio

Carolina Wrens built an amazing nest on a shelf in my enclosed breezeway, left it about a week, and came back to fill it with eggs and dutifully hatch them.

After several days of attentive feeding, they disappeared for 14 -16 hours yesterday, just before a set of harsh thunderstorms that lasted for hours with lots of rain and winds.

I left the door to the breezeway open until 2 am, hoping they'd come back late, and reopened the door at 6:30 am, after just 4 hours closed, hoping they'd arrive early in morning.

The pair just showed up at 8:30am, with lots of calling and shrieking as they took turns checking out the babies, who are now clearly dead.

My thought is to put on a disposable glove and removed the dead babies and leave the nest. Will the wrens use the nest again another time?

Jun 20, 2010
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Orphaned Baby Wrens
by: Diane

Look at the article "Raising Orphaned Baby Wrens"-on this website. Hope that helps. Good Luck.

Jun 13, 2010
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Wren No Parents
by: das

Hi, I was looking for an answer and saw the same thing. I have a nest that the parents have left and the baby wrens are still there. O is out and it fly's some, I'm thinking they decided it's time the kids be on their own and left. Don't know!

Jun 22, 2009
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3 baby birds 1 dead
by: Anonymous

I have been watching these birds make their nest and care for their young then all of a sudden the parents were gone. There are two babies alive and weak, one is dead. What can I do to help? I think they are wrens of some kind. Thanks

Jun 14, 2009
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That is worrisome
by: Bonnie

Since you've seen neither parent, that is worrisome. It would take a lot for both to be killed at the same time. Do you have any clues as to how old the babies are? I just found out they are ready to leave the nest within 10-14 days after hatching. They grow fast!

In Memphis, an organization called Wild Wings Rescue will help if birds are found injured or if a nest of babies is abandoned. You might try the local ASPCA or ask area veterinarians if they know.

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