Wednesday, June 16, 2010

House Wren

Birders are often not enamored of House Wrens.  This wren has increased in numbers with the fragmentation of North American forests.  At they increase, they displace Bewick's Wrens.  Worse yet, they take over other cavity inhabiting species' nests (including Prothonotary Warblers, Tree Swallows, chickadees, and bluebirds) by destroying their competitors' eggs or killing nestlings.  The House Wren, indeed, can be responsible for the majority of nesting failures for these species. Not nice!

I enjoy their energetic, bubbly, flute-like song.  Others, however, describe it as "a long series of short, not very musical notes poured out in a rapid burst that suddenly rises and is a persistent singer, the the effect is remarkable more for bubbling energy than beauty" (Pough, 1949, Audubon Land Bird Guide).  You can decide by clicking here.
Finally, there is little remarkable in the House Wren's drab plumage.  Or so I thought until I looked closely at this wren that I recently banded.  The House Wren is really quite lovely, with cheeks adorned with pearl-like tears.

1 comment:

  1. An early morning Caruso has claimed the nestbox on the side of our garage. It happens to be right under out bedroom window, he starts singing about 4:30 am.
    I don't know why he doesn't fall off his perch from exhaustion, his songfest goes on for about 14 hours a day. I like his song too, despite his being an early riser.