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Wren Nesting in Door Wreath

by Janice Tyler
(Polk City, Florida)

For several years now there have been Carolina Wrens attempting to build a nest in the wreath on my front door.


This year they must have decided that it was in a perfect location because once they finished the nest within a day she had laid 5 eggs! She faithfully sat on the nest for the next two weeks and finally produced three little ones!

They don't seem to be too bothered by the dogs and cats coming in and out of the door to go for their walks. Sometimes the little wrens squawk at them but don't get aggressive.

My pets just ignore them, since they know better than to bother them. (However, if I were not around I am sure that the cat would not be so nice about it!)

Once the babies were born both parents have been working many, many hours a day to keep the brood fed with various types of insects. They are constantly making trips to the nest and then back to the bushes and trees for more food!

While I think that the wrens are a little crazy thinking that my busy front door is a good nesting place, we are certainly enjoying their company and seeing the progress that the little family makes.

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May 28, 2016
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glad I'm not the only one
by: meldoy

I too have a Wren nest on my front door wreath. Sometimes when we go in and out she flies over to the Oleander bush and scolds us. I would think she would have found a more private nest. I don't know what I'm going to do when its time to change out my wreath.




May 08, 2012
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Wreath Wrens
by: Anie In Florida

I thought I had the most unusal place since the little wrens built a nest on top of my front door wreath also.

They attempted it three times and thought they had changed their minds until there it was again and I took it down to peak inside and there they were little white eggs with brown spots and then again today found out that they hatched, can't tell how many but looks to be two or three babies.

Thanks for sharing Anie


Apr 22, 2011
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Wreath Wrens
by: Anonymous

I just discovered the first of this week a little House Wren had made a nest on the top side of my door wreath. It's actually hanging between two windows beside the front door. Every time I open the blinds or go in or out the door, she flies to the tree just opposite the windows and watches (along with the male) until all is peaceful again. Then she comes back to the nest. They are very protective of the nest.

Last year, I had a wren build a nest in a hanging basket. It was exciting to watch the little birds mature and eventually fly away. I'm looking forward to this little family's new arrivals.

Apr 20, 2011
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Adorable!
by: Marian

Your story is precious and the photos adorable! Thank you for sharing!
I love wrens, and am impatiently waiting for their arrival here in Vermont!

Apr 20, 2011
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Wre
by: Marianne

What a wonderful little story about the very entertaining Wrens. They are real little characters and you have the perfect place to watch the show. Thanks for sharing your story and your great pictures.

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