A wren in a wren box?

birdBackyard bird watching is fun because you never know what’s going to happen. Just have the camera and binoculars ready at all times.

Putting up bird nesting boxes is fun, too, but sometimes it’s the luck of the draw. This wren house has been vacant for about 5 years. The first year we put it up we immediately got a pair of wrens using it. Then it was like the birds foreclosed on the house and vanished.

This morning I noticed a slight movement near the hole in the nesting box. There they were working feverishly to build a nest inside.

They’re back.  We’ve got kestrels using a nesting box on the neighbor’s property, sparrows using a nesting box I set up for robins and now the wrens in this box. The flicker box we have in the pine tree is not being used. It was used once by flickers.

If you haven’t gotten into nesting boxes, check out some of the bird supply shops in town and take a look at some of the nesting boxes. The folks there will also be able to tell you which nest boxes to use in your neighborhood.


Photo by Pete Zimowsky/Idaho Statesman

Posted in Into the Outdoors