Monday, May 09, 2011

House Wren....

 As I was bustling about the house, doing my dishes, gathering the sheets from the washer, and gazing out the window -- as I always do whenever I am in the house for the day -- I spied a couple pair of house wrens.  They are busy, busy.  They flutter and zip here and there so quickly that it is very difficult to focus & click the camera before they are out of the picture.

 I took these pictures from my laundry room window.  It's a perfect spot because it's at ground level and the wrens  like to dig and zip around the front porch and in amongst all the leaves and bark that are right next to my window.  I guess there is something to say for letting the dry leaves lay where they fall.

Do you see how fuzzy this wren's beak is?  I was observing him for quite a long time.  He had been  munching on a moth.  I can't imagine eating a dry, furry moth, but he thought it was just fine.  I think one pair of wrens are building up in the Green Ash tree where there is an abandoned robin's nest left over from last summer.  I saw them up fly up and down to that very spot.  I do hope they stay because I love watching them and hearing their jumbly, screechy voices.  It's hardly a song, but more like a chatter they make.  My dad made me a rustic birdhouse that might make a nice nesting place for the House Wrens. 
I'll be watching that spot too.

I spied a Common Yellowthroat  (a warbler) out the window today, but I didn't get a picture of him.
I sometimes feel that I'm wasting time because I constantly gawk out the window or stop on my way to the barn to watch the newcomers return from their winter vacations, but I just can't help it.  My eyes catch their flight patterns, their shapes and colors, and I can't resist watching them even though I should doing the chore at hand.  To me, there is just nothing like seeing my old friends return home for the summer. 

The House Wren is a nice little friend to have busily working beside me.  Whether I'm weeding the garden beds, hanging out the clothes or looking out the window while washing dishes, she is always there.   
Have you been a busy House Wren today?


  1. You got some great pictures!! I love to watch the birds out the window too.

  2. Oh, what a precious house wren. You take amazing bird pictures, Jody! I'm glad you are feeling better. Busy little House Wren? Nope. I wish!

  3. So sweet! I can't resist watching birds either.

  4. I bounce between being a busy Wren and just sititng around my yard, enjoying it all. I think I need both ;-) xoxo Clarice

  5. He's just wonderful. I love watching the birds. We have a full 'green' fence so the birds love us too!

    Blessings, Debbie

  6. His little face looks so wise and serious. He is a good companion when you're at home. Thanks for sharing those precious pictures!

  7. a charming post ~!!~ love seeing your house wrens and i bet you'll have a whole family of them before you know it.


  8. Great photos, Jody!

    When I see a wren I always think of Jenny Wren from the Thornton Burgess Bird Book. Such a little busybody, never still, poking her beak into everyone's business in the Old Orchard.
    Busy indeed!

  9. I know what you mean about bird watching. I don't think it's a waste of time, though, because migration only happens for a few short weeks each year. But this year, I've been a busy real estate/moving/paperwork wren. Not nearly as nice!

    I like the way you can frequently get a photo up close. The only birds that comes close to our windows are pigeons.

    And Angie, I always think of Jenny, too.

  10. Ah, what a sweetie. I am so glad you spied him and was able to capture such fine portraits.

    I have learned to hear the wrens that live in our creek before I see them. I just love they way they are built, that curvy beak, that brown stripe down his side, and they way they can hop around with such agility and grace.

    I spend an inordinate amount of time watching birds. Even this minute I positioned where I can see out both my front and back door/windows. This view of birds is one of the things I am going to miss most......

  11. I love the photos, so cute with his fluffy beak! We have got little blue birds nesting in our garden, I can hear the babies chirping in the bird box! I too gaze out of the window at the birds, far more interesting than the washing up :) Catherine x

  12. I am awfully glad you do stop to gawk. Stop and stare and make friends with God's creatures. Birds are endlessly fascinating! I should be grateful I don't have many in view here, as I spend enough time staring at the cats passing by.

  13. Your pictures are wonderful! I'm going to ponder that little wren eating a moth. Maybe it's like popcorn? A little crunchy, but really quite easy to get down? Maybe you ought to leave out dishes of salt and melted butter ...

    food for thought! xofrances


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