Resourceful Wrens

A house wren singing from the top of a fence post near his nest in Jester Park, Iowa, June 16, 2018.

A pair of house wrens has made a nest in a pipe on the fence around The Bison and Elk Enclosure. The nest is in a busy location next to the Nature Playscape. The end of the pipe is 7 feet or more above the ground.

I noticed a house wren singing from the top of a fence post in late May. One morning in early June after finishing his song, he flew from the top of the fence post to the opening of the pipe and disappeared inside!

Last Saturday, I watched their early morning activity. The male house wren sings from the fence posts and the nearby trees to declare his territory and signal to the female wren that it is safe to enter and leave the nest. They were still at the nest site when I walked by it on Monday morning.

June 16, 2018

A house wren at her nest in a pipe on the fence around The Bison and Elk Enclosure in Jester Park, Iowa, June 16, 2018.

A house wren entering and leaving her nest in a pipe on the fence around The Bison and Elk Enclosure in Jester Park, Iowa, June 16, 2018.

A house wren watching from the top of a fence post near his nest in Jester Park, Iowa, June 16, 2018.

A house wren watching from the top of a fence post near his nest in Jester Park, Iowa, June 16, 2018.

A house wren singing and watching from the top of a fence post near his nest in Jester Park, Iowa, June 16, 2018.

June 17, 2018

The pipe with the house wren nest on the fence around The Bison and Elk Enclosure in Jester Park, Iowa, June 17, 2018.

June 18, 2018

A house wren in a tree near his nest in Jester Park, Iowa, June 18, 2018.

Take care and thanks for reading.

Sarah

 

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