Has it seemed to anyone else that there are lots of House Wrens around
this year? I have been hearing them virtually everywhere I go. For the
first time since I have been living in Vergennes, three birds singing
within a five block radius of my house. Is there anything that might
account for a boom in their numbers?
On 7/10/08, Ruth Stewart <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> House Wrens are on their second nesting - a neighboring box, 3 eggs this am
> RB Grosbeaks, Catbirds, Hummers and Chipping Sparrow young about yd.
> Full houses at the Manchester Rec Park - some interesting notes:
> TRSW - Box 3A: 6/25 Yg at hole begging. 7/5 expected to empty box. When I
> opened box, one almost ready to fledge yg peering at me. Perfect shape -
> very real looking --- but 'baked' in time. Another there as well. Looks
> like once the 'older' yg fledged, two were abandoned.
> #2 -- 7/5 Bluebirds - 4 fledged BUT
> #10 - 6/25 new Bluebird nest 7/5 f incubating 4 eggs. Yay!!
> Of 11 Tree Swallow nests, 2 still are feeding young.
> On 6/18, five new boxes were put up. Although a bit late, all are now
> 'occupied' with wren activity - at least 2 have fine inner nest material and
> singing adults in area.
> It's been great fun monitoring these nest boxes. The female Tree S. will
> sit tight when incubating despite prying eyes. Community mobbing occurs at
> some boxes when intruders are near.
> The Wrens scoot out immediatedly and the males sing continuously at the box.
> The Bluebirds hang out and 'talk' a lot.
> When I pulled up for my survey on 6/25, I witnessed a female House Sparrow
> at the opening of a box that had Tree Swallows in it earlier. I watched as
> the bird tried to get inside 2-3xs - seemingly, without success. I grabbed
> my binos and got out of my car. When I focused back on the box, a male
> House Sp exited!!! The yg TRSW were about to fledge the week prior, so I
> suspect they were successful, but those darn HOSP were after something. I
> think I have only seen the one pair on one other day during a box check.
> A bird any day makes me ok!
> Ruth Stewart
> E. dorset
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