The male house wren arrives in late April or
early May from southerly wintering grounds to
establish a spring nesting site. He will stake
out a territory of up to one acre, threatening,
chasing and even fighting intruders from his
claim. While males wait for females to arrive,
they become devoted nest-builders. An individual
will build up to a half dozen nests to let birds
in the area know there is no vacancy at that
site. When the female arrives, she chooses just
one nest and she will then completely rebuild the
nest twig by twig.
Wrens have been known to nest almost anywhere.
Nearly any hole a wren can get into is an
appropriate place to build - a flowerpot, a
mailbox, a boot, an abandoned woodpecker hole, a
basket, even a pair of pants on the clothesline.
Wrens will also readily use a man-made house. The
hole opening on a wren house should be between 1
and 1 1/4 inches. The wren, one of our smaller
birds, will have no trouble getting in a hole
this size but starlings, house sparrows and
predators won't be able to enter.
House wrens feed almost entirely on insects. They
will also occasionally visit a feeder which
offers suet, peanut butter, cornbread and white
Wrens, like all birds, are attracted to a water
source. A heated bird bath will provide unfrozen
water during the winter months and can be used
all year long.
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Wren Houses & Heated
Bird Baths .
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