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#33523 Apr 28th, 2007 at 08:13 PM
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Three days ago I heard my FIRST House Wren of the 2007 season singing in MY FRONT YARD! Yesterday, it was singing in someone's back yard across the road from my house. TODAY it was singing in another neighbor's backyard on the OTHER side of my house. IT IS SETTING UP A NESTING TERRITORY AROUND MY YARD!!! grin clap grin Eat your heart out, WRENNIE!


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#33628 Apr 29th, 2007 at 04:17 AM
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lol
ME? Eat MY heart out?? Why? why
Its great that he's nesting around your yard.


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I just thought you'd be jealous that I have a House Wren. I haven't seen it yet, but House Wrens are hard to get a glimpse of, and if you can, it is usually just a silhouette.


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Thornius #33793 Apr 29th, 2007 at 07:17 AM
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ah, I see
i have a carolina visit my yard and here at the store. No housies tho. I didnt realize they were so elusive.
My friend Marsha in Minnesota tho.... these were taken about 1 year apart
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They are somewhat skittish but if you use good cover you can sneak up on them. They were a Lifebird for me just two years ago, although I had been trying to figure out what was making that beautiful song for five or six years. Their ENTIRE body shakes and quakes like a Magnitude 9.0 earthquake when they sing. I watched one singing from 5 feet away last year.


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What's a Lifebird?

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A lifebird is one that you've never seen before - some people keep extensive lists of the birds that they have seen.

I thought I was getting house wrens here, but now I'm nor sure if they are, or Carolina wrens. Personally, I do NOT like their VERY LOUD call, especially in the early morning hours just before the sun comes up. I love, birds, but this one has got to go!


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I wonder why it's called a "lifebird"?

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It's called a Lifebird because it's the FIRST time in your LIFE that you have seen that species ALIVE in its natural habitat. Many birders study a bird for years, seeing thousands of photographs of it, watching movies of it, hearing the sounds it makes, even seeing it alive in zoos and sanctuaries, but UNTIL you have seen it ALIVE in its NATURAL setting it is NOT a Lifebird. When you first start birding almost every bird you see is a Lifebird. The longer you bird the fewer Lifebirds you get each year. I have been birding for over 18 years and the last Lifebird I got was in May of 2006. It was a Double-Crested Cormmorant, which I at first thought was an Anhinga. A waterfowl expert corrected me. Either species would have been a Lifebird for me so I was happy with the correction.


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Thornius #34017 Apr 29th, 2007 at 05:13 PM
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Wrennie and Deborah, House Wrens are found over virtually the entire U.S. and Canada in Summer, and Deborah, you have them all year where you live.


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The guy who made the signs for my first store location had a nest of them in the tree right outside his hop window. He & his girlfriend both said they were loud noisy singy chatterers.

i just figured they werent interested in my neting spots when I hadnt seen them in my yard.


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Wrennie #34396 Apr 30th, 2007 at 06:29 AM
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They are picky about nesting sites in my experience. I think this one is eyeballing an old wood and plastic, Satellite cable spool I have hanging up as a birdhouse.


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Isnt that the one you had pictures up of once? Or was that someone elses spooly thing I'm remembering??


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That was mine, Wrennie. Something started building a nest there early this spring, but abandoned it. I'm thinking the House Wren might be interested.


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Thorny: this will be the 3rd summer we are at this house. The first year I bought a wren house & put it up--No takers---so I ask around & was told wrens do not like new homes (is this true??)
So now the house is 3 seasons old, & still no takers, what am I doing wrong??--Or what am I NOT doing??


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It's nothing you are or aren't doing, JunieGirl. Wrens are just VERY finicky nesters. I think many of them are mentally unstable with their odd jerky motions and peculiar behavior. I've NEVER had any wrens nest in my yard to my knowledge, but EVERY year in mid-Summer here comes Mama Wren with about six babies. I'm getting a good sized population in my yard now.


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Thornius #40072 May 8th, 2007 at 12:48 PM
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thanks, at least that makes me feel better---I can just be patient & watch.


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