Wren Interesting Nesting Choice

by Esther
(Bethesda, Maryland)

Baby House Wren 's ready to feed

Baby House Wren 's ready to feed

I first noticed this bird in May, by the short aggressive calls that were very loud from such a small bird.

I figured the bird was looking for a mate. Then I noticed the bird bringing items to the nest; in the most oddest places possible.

It is on my balcony behind a chair within a corner caddy on top of some old college books at a barely erect wooden door.

I placed a cushion on the concrete floor of the opening. This was in case this would be the chosen nest and any babies fell out.

The Wren began to build its nest! During its calls for several days had attracted other birds, not the same species.

Then I noticed the bird had a possible mate they would hop on the tree branches in front of our balcony.

Why this fun exciting bird decided to find this odd out of the way spot to possibly home their babies is beyond me, however it is the beauty of nature.

I said to myself this bird is either going to never find a mate or just abandon the nest entirely.

We often go out on the balcony and see the bird fly and do a couple of calls at the beginning as if to warn us "to stay away" now I think are just use to us.

Now, she/he just flies to the nearest tree. I have had the opportunity to take pictures of the whole process from the nest building, the eggs and the baby birds in the nest.

Now that the babies have hatched (3)? out of 5 eggs. I try not to go out there as often, so I do not disturb the beauty of nature.

I do take pictures and the Mama bird seems to fly out of the nest and go to the nearest tree, with surprisingly no aggressive sounds or swoops.

During a photo, I made a sound to mimic the bird call and each time I noticed the babies open their mouths as if to feed.(enjoy the picture)

My intentions are not to disturb nature.
I will continue to watch this miracle and please feel free to make a comment and add your email so you can follow along with the process.

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Are You Sure They Are Wrens?
by: Gene

Sounds more like House Sparrows than Wrens.

If so, I wouldn't encourage them to stay around as they are an introduced and somewhat of an invasive species that harms native birds.

Wrens don't normally flock together, even in winter. You may only get a family of 4 or so. Additionally, they're not messy like the House Sparrows.

They're not really big seed eaters. They prefer insects but will eat hulled seeds and suet.

Check the link and see if they look like House Sparrows.



Wren flock
by: Anonymous

Hi, thanks for interesting info about wrens. I have a small flock about 12 living on my balcony. I am on the second floor and a person below me was feeding birds daily, then told to stop as it attracts rats and pigeons.

A pine tree that was right next my balcony was cut down so the birds had no roosting place to watch for food.

Now they have pooped all over my balcony so I did not use it this past summer at all. When the birds tap on my AC my African grey parrot zamu asks " whats that".

I open the door, yell at the birds and they fly off. I have never given them any food out there but I might give them something at one end of the balcony to contain the poop in one area.

I will likely find some old nests when I clean up. I felt guilty yesterday as one bird stayed behind and turned to look right at me.

Not only did they lose the morning food source and the pine tree but now I was chasing them away.

You're sweet to place a pillow for safety
by: Bonnie

You're sweet to place a pillow for safety for the baby wrens when they leave the nest.

We've had Carolina Wrens who built a nest under our carport in a box of odds and ends.

We only saw one baby being coaxed to leave the nest although they may have had more.

I hope you'll set up a winter roost box for them to get out of the cold and put out suet, as we plan to do.

I found out these birds are not migratory and may starve or freeze in winter without our help.

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