Wednesday, June 10, 2009

House Wren & Bluebird Box

House Wrens set up house keeping in another Bluebird box placed near the one occupied by the Tree Swallows. The Wrens are not as bold as the Tree Swallows and have proven somewhat difficult to photograph. The Wrens are quite small and even with the 400mm lens I need to be inside their comfort zone to capture an acceptable photograph. This is the only shot I have been able to get of the Wren visiting the box.



The Wren will fly in nearby keeping a screen of branches between us while it tries to determine if it is safe to return to the nest box. On this occasion it flew into an evergreen and hopped about from branch to branch calling loudly. The heavy cloud cover this evening necessitated the use of flash and one shot was all I got. Although I sat for another 30 minutes the Wren had had enough.

Although I cannot see into the Wren’s nest I assume that young birds are present. The Wrens are now carrying food and visiting the nest with increasing frequency.





7 comments:

Shellmo said...

You captured some sweet shots of that Wren! They are fast little buggers!

Adrienne in Ohio said...

These are great captures! I just love wrens. We have Carolina wrens here, and I just enjoy their super-sized personality. I have only been successful photographing them from inside the kitchen window though. If I try to step outside, they are gone before I've finished turning the door handle.

Meggie said...

My wrens will nest just about anywhere and sometimes I worry about their choices. I sure do know when the eggs hatch...lots of noise in the nest.

Montanagirl said...

Nice shots! They are pretty elusive. We have them in our yard too, but we hear them far more than we see them.

photowannabe said...

Fascinating creatures and wonderful pictures Salty. Your patience paid off .

Abe Lincoln said...

My house wren tried to take over a blue bird house but left it to the sparrows who have a nest in it. I am not sure where the wrens nested.

I like to take photos of the creatures at night but I am limited to what equipment I got so it usually means no photos.

fishing guy said...

Salty: What a neat shot, I saw one on my deck but it didn't stay long.