Sunday, May 8, 2011
House Wrens Singing and Nest Building
This photo shows the typical wren pose. Short wings, barred tail sticking up, and a blur of action as it moves through the wood pile under the white cedar.
Both the male and female build the nest. After the nest is finished and the female is sitting on eggs, the male will fill every other cavity nearby with twigs. He does this to keep other wrens from settling down nearby, and competing for the food supply he and his mate will need to feed their brood of up to ten babies in ten days.
Spring is always in full swing by the time wrens arrive, and I always look forward to seeing and hearing them.