Berthoud, Colorado JUNe 26, 2010
House Wren – Troglodytes aedon
A new experience and a funny story. Funny story first …
My son was removing tools he had used that day from the bed of his pickup when he found a bunch of twigs and sticks in the Husqvanna chain saw box. He throw them out and put the chain saw back. The next day he noticed that there was again a complete circle around the chain saw with more twigs and sticks. He tossed those out a second time and put the chain saw on a shelf under the carport and the box on another shelf. The next day, day three … he called me to show me that the box had been filled again with twigs and sticks. He was about to empty it a third time when I saw a tiny little bird with a big twig fly close to the box. So I asked him to leave it. Sure enough, we have House Wrens and they really had a job building their nest (the third time was the charm) and now they are feeding their babies.
The wren is dull and nondescript in appearence, with few distinguishig field marks. It’s wonderful voice makes it a delight to encounter. Wrens often take up residence near human habitation and because the box had a large V-shaped opening at one of the corners, it was chosen as perfect. Now I go out and watch them flying in and out and singing and chatting.
Grayish-brown with paler undersides; faint barring pattern on plumage; faint eyebrow; very tiny about 4 1/2 inches of loveliness.
Olympus E-520 Zuiko Lens 70 -300MM