Friday, June 22, 2012


The House Wrens were busy working today and the male spent a lot less time singing. And I spent a lot of time watching them on this beautiful evening.  The bird house is almost full of small twigs. Both of them fussed and tugged at the twigs sticking out of the opening but they could not get them completely inside.

“Easily attracted to wren houses the male arrives first and begins to establish his territory. You'll know he has arrived when you begin hearing him sing from his perches.
As you watch, you'll notice he begins placing sticks into prospective nest holes. He may build as many as twelve different nesting sites. After pairing with a mate, the male takes the female to each of the nesting sites he has begun building.

The female selects the one she likes and begins to rebuild by adding soft materials to the nest before laying eggs. After choosing and rebuilding the nest, the female will lay 5-6 eggs that are white with brown marks. Incubation time last 12-15 days and the young will leave the nest in 16-17 days.” 

We have yet to discover if this is the nest the female will choose for laying her eggs. There have been two birds about so I am hopeful. She will have a considerable amount of rebuilding to do to make a comfortable nest with this mishmash of materials. 


  1. THe Wrens are energetic little birds. I love watching them fill a house with sticks.

  2. Amazing! I didn't know that - about the male building many nests and the female choosing the one she likes best. Cool!

    Looks like those wrens are working hard in your area.

    Thanks for your supportive comment on my blog. I am really feeling my way here with chair tai chi and it is good to hear that even if only a few participate, some good will come of it.
    Take care

  3. The "paint job" adds interest to the pictures.

  4. Anonymous3:23 pm GMT-4

    Wonderful set of photos. And great name - Wrenovators. Love it.

  5. What a cute title! The wrens certainly are busy with their nest building.


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