House Wren

Troglodytes aedon

House- wren
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These two photos were taken 22jun16 (later than the others)

If you see a plain, brown bird making a nest in your decorative birdhouse, a boot, buckets, toolbox, etc., it is probably some kind of a wren, most likely a house wren. They are small, about 4.5 to 5 inches. Your first clue may be the pretty little song they sing, kind of a trill in six or so notes - very beautiful - and repeated over and over. Next you will see the male nest building in several places. The female will choose the nest she likes best and finish building the nest. A few weeks later, you will see them bringing tiny larvae, bugs or worms to the nest to feed their young. Soon you will see tiny little birds flying from the nest to a nearby post, limb or flat service. The fledging fly about three feet to begin with and then move on to longer distances. They are as cute as a bug's ear.

If you are fortunate to see a courting pair, you are lucky indeed. There is nothing cuter than watching the male wren serenade the female wren with his beautiful song.

This bird is all brown with some lighter marking on the wings, and the tail is frequently pointed up. It has a slightly curved bill.

The house wren can be found in open woodlands, shrubs, farms, suburgs, gardens and parks. It lives in the Southern edge of Canada and clear across the United States excluding parts of Northern Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Arkansas. It can also be found in Mexico. It migrates except in the extreme Southwestern U.S.

The house wren eats larva, various insects, spiders, millipedes and small snails. You can sometimes see the wrens foraging on the ground.

The female incubates 5-6 white eggs with brown markings 13-15 days, and then the young are in the nest for about 12-18 days. Two to three broods are raised annually.

by Martha Van Natta

Additional information: see Wikpedia - House Wren

- - Updated 5/22/2016