A small house with a pointed roof and a wren-sized front door sits on a tree near the entrance to the woods at Jester Park. When I was wandering in the fog on the last Saturday morning in May, I saw a pair of house wrens at the house. The wren house is a short distance from where the catbird sang that Saturday morning and where I saw a house wren singing in April.
The female wren flew in and out of the house while the male wren sang and watched from a tree branch. The female wren didn’t enter or leave the house unless her mate was singing. When the female wren was in the house, the male wren flew off for a while. He sang on his return until his mate flew out of the house.
The male wren constantly watched the surroundings and chased off any bird that ventured close to the house.
I went back to watch them again on Monday and Wednesday at sunrise. I didn’t see the female wren carrying food when she flew into the house. I think she was keeping their eggs warm in between flights out to find food for herself.
May 27, 2017
May 29, 2017
A pair of house wrens at the wren house in Jester Park, Iowa, May 29, 2017.
May 31, 2017
A house wren singing from a tree branch near the wren house at Jester Park, Iowa, May 31, 2017. Other birds call and sing in the background.
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