Saturday, April 19, 2008

Setting up House Wren Keeping

The House Wren male that I mentioned a couple of days ago is wasting no time in trying to lure a female to the nesting box right outside my window. He has offered his heart's desire a lovely stick for the box. He has done a little begging. He is acting his best "Mommy please feed me" routine.
He has been singing her favorite melody for what seems to me hours on end.
She has answered back a time or two but mostly has been playing at being coy.
She did go in and out of the box several times. She stayed in there for a little while. I wonder what she was thinking while she was in there. Neither has taken any sticks into the box yet so the deal hasn't been made. I bet she is thinking "should I or shouldn't I"?? This is the question.
She appear to be asking " What do you think"? I can't wait to see how long it takes the House wren to lure a mate to this box. He is working so dilligently but it is difficult for him to keep the chipping sparrows away from this tree. They seem to want to use this tree for spring caroling.
All of these pictures my Dearly Beloved took. The first ones with the screen on the window. Then when there was a break in the action he removed the screen so the pictures wouldn't have that cloudy look.
Have a good weekend...

27 comments:

Rose said...

Lisa, I was admiring your patience in taking these pictures, but I guess the credit should go to your DB.
Love the photos of the wrens; thanks for sharing them with us. I've been wanting a wren house ever since Beckie & I attended the workshop on birding. I hope you'll share more photos of them through the season.
(I've sent this twice now; hope third time is the charm!)

Teri C said...

GREAT photo/story telling!! I loved hearing it.

Pat Leuchtman said...

Your photos are always so beautiful. Since our digital camera just died, we may upgrade. this will help. Maybe. But I suspect luscious photos are more the result of a discerning eye. thanks for posting them.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Rose you should get a house wren box. The little wrens are such fun to watch. They have a lovely song and are very fiesty.

Glad you liked it Teri.

You are most welcome Pat.

RuthieJ said...

Wrens are so much fun to watch--especially trying to get the little sticks inside the house. That looks like a nice little house too!

Cheryl said...

What a sweet post Lisa. And DB made a wonderful job of the photos. So lovely I am going back to look and read again.

Gabriel said...

This is why i love this time of the year. The show that birds made are great! I love it! Great pictures DB.

Blackswamp_Girl said...

Awww... how cute! I'm rooting for him--he seems like such a sweet little guy. :)

Robin's Nesting Place said...

Lisa, I keep a screen off the window in my family room for such occasions
as this. Great pictures!

Diana said...

Awwwww - those are great pictures. I love watching the birds nesting. Especially the wrens. Will she or won't she? Your post is too cute, as are your birds.

shirl said...

Hi there Lisa :-D

Great post and photos too! I do hope she does decide to view your beautiful wren house. I then hope she will consider moving in!

I think there is as much fun with the speculation of nesting birds as with the actual nesting itself :-D

Jayne said...

What a wonderful job your hubby did catching the progression of the action! Poor guy! I hope Ms Wren finally sees how handsome and reliable he is and decides to give him a chance. :c)

Deb said...

Lovely photos and story! How exciting to keep an eye on the nesting box. Carolina Wren is adorable :-}

Regina said...

Hi Lisa
Wonderful photos!!!!!!!!
Greetings from Germany
Regina

albertapostcards said...

I absolutely adores wrens and that amazing song of the male. We don't get them in the country but used to have them when we lived in the city.

I'm pleased to see you have the proper size hole for the wren so the darn house sparrows can't get in.

I love watching the wrens dig in the garden so they can feed their young. Thanks for sharing -- I really miss the wrens.

Diane

Cheryl said...

Hi Lisa.....Just thought I would let you know that a few of the bees have left the unit. Have a couple of photos if you are interested.

Mike - Fenphotography said...

Great photos Lisa and a stunning bird it is too, nice post Mike.

mon@rch said...

Love the house wren and love your photos! Thanks for sharing all this with us!

Mel said...

Lovely house!! Great pics :D

Marvin said...

That's bound to be the best house on the block. They should sign the contract immediately.

Yolanda Elizabet said...

Lovely pics of those wrens, they are one of my favourite birds. Last year my wrens had a nest in the hedge and what a racket they made. ;-) But it was fun to see all the babies having their flying lessons in the garden. Of course, the Bliss team had to stay indoors until all the babies could fly very well.

Karen said...

What an adorable post! I love the birds this time of year. Some mated cardinals visit my bird feeder often, they are so cute to watch, they often feed each other.

Kylee said...

We think a wren has once again made a nest in the bluebird house. We haven't seen what has been gathering sticks in there, but last year it was a wren. Do bluebirds use little sticks for their nests?

Q said...

Dear Lisa,
These are darling pictures! How sweet to have a House Wren nesting right by your window!
I think I should get a few nesting boxes.... I always think I have too man birds coming to the feeders for nesting boxes.
so sweet.
Sherry

Ewa said...

oww.. you have inhabitants in your birdhouses... so sweet..

Barbara said...

As it is quite seldom to see a wren here I have to look at your wonderful pictures. Really great snapshots, Lisa, and a lovely birdhouse!!
Barbara

Kerri said...

Lucky you to have wrens setting up house! They must be such fun to watch. I do hope the little fellow wins his lady friend :)