When Its Time To Leave The House...You Really Must Go

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When Its Time To Leave The House...You Really Must Go

For most of the summer, we have been landlords for two families of House Wrens who have occupied one of the two birdhouses we have installed at the top of fence posts in our back yard. Both of these bird houses are designed for Bluebirds, but that hasn't deterred occupancy by House Wrens each year since we put them up.

House Wrens have the largest range House Wrenof any songbird in the Western Hemisphere, from Canada all the way to the tip of South America. Weighing in at a whopping 0.4 ounces, they are tiny. Their color is a nondescript, rather plain brown. What sets them apart from other bird species, is their colorful, bubbly and rather lengthy song.

The male arrives in early June and selects one of the birdhouses and proceeds to sing his very tiny heart out in the hope of attracting his mate. He does the initial home staging, by bringing a few random twigs and leaves them hanging out to show that he is a real domestic catch. Of course, as soon as she moves in, she throws everything out and starts all over again.

Baby Wren and BirdhouseTypically, a female House Wren lays 3-10 eggs and incubates them for 9-16 days. Both the male and female will bring insects to the hungry babies for another 15-17 days. While father Wren particpates in the feeding, he also feels it his duty to sit atop a nearby fencepost and sing loudly in his finest "Caruso" voice, performing rather lengthy operas. It is this spectacular voice and their daily busy activities that adds life to our back yard and we welcome them each year.

This year we were fortunate enough to notice the early morning feeding pattern had stopped and realized this was the day when the babies would leave the nest. By halting the feeding, the adult wrens give the babies the necessary incentive to leave.

In the video below, we captured 4 out 6 of the babies in their first attempts at flight. Hope you enjoy watching!

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Comments (29)

Kenneth Cole
Weichert Realtors Appleseed Group, 2043 Richmond Ave. S.I.N.Y. 10314. office phone 718-698-9797, Appleseedhomes.com... - Staten Island, NY
NYS Licensed Real Estate Salesperson

Priceless John, you should sell this to Olympus camera

Aug 12, 2011 12:22 AM
John McCarthy
North Hampton, NH
Realtor - Seacoast NH

Hi Kenneth - I created this video in Windows Live Movie Maker, which you download from Windows online. Windows XP had the original version of this program, but Windows 7 dropped it. Somehow, when you insert a still photo into the video, WLMM figures out what make of camera took the photo and labels the photo automatically. I would prefer not to have it pasted on the photo, but could not figure out how to get rid of it. Anyway, thanks for stopping by. Hope you have a great weekend!

Aug 12, 2011 12:41 AM
Toni Weidman
Sailwinds Realty - Trinity, FL
20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL

You did a great job on the video, John. I love watching birds leaving their nests since they really don't want to go but have to if Mom & Dad don't come back. They are so brave. I love wrens too.

Aug 12, 2011 01:07 AM
John McCarthy
North Hampton, NH
Realtor - Seacoast NH

Hi Toni - Thank you so much! This was the first time all the elements were there. Noticing the adults stopped feeding, having the camera...and having enough batteries to keep filming the action. I caught number 6 with 3 minutes of battery left! Have a great weekend!

Aug 12, 2011 01:26 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

John, how fun that must be watching a family of birds grow!     I have many doves in my back yard!

Aug 12, 2011 02:21 AM
John McCarthy
North Hampton, NH
Realtor - Seacoast NH

Hi Joan - We see a few doves out here too! They always seem so gentle. The birds really add life to the yard. Thanks for the visit. Sure hope you have a good weekend!

Aug 12, 2011 02:47 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Good morning, John.  You post will encourage many to install bird houses in their yards.  Thanks for sharing your experience and your photographs.  Have a great day and an outstanding weekend.

 Life is good!

Aug 12, 2011 03:29 AM
John McCarthy
North Hampton, NH
Realtor - Seacoast NH

Roy - Thank you for stopping by. I hope you are right others put out birdhouses for our feathered friends. We have enjoyed every minute watching our tenants.

Aug 12, 2011 03:59 AM
Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor

Thanks for sharing this video! How cool is that! I have been baby squirrels around here being carried by their mama.

Aug 16, 2011 06:07 AM
John McCarthy
North Hampton, NH
Realtor - Seacoast NH

Hi Barbara-Jo - You have some really interesting birds down your way...egrets and herons that we don't get up here. I just love the way birds add life to the back yard!

Aug 16, 2011 08:38 AM
Debbie Walsh
Shahar Management - Middletown, NY
Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036

John great post, pictures and love the video!

Aug 17, 2011 03:03 PM
Debbie Walsh
Shahar Management - Middletown, NY
Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036

 

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Aug 17, 2011 03:04 PM
John McCarthy
North Hampton, NH
Realtor - Seacoast NH

Hi Debra - Thank you so much for stopping by! I really had a ball watching the Wrens this summer. The male's song and constant activity brings so much life to our back yard. Although we still have other birds, like Cardinals, Goldfinches and Chickadees, now that the Wrens have moved on, it sure seems quiet out there. Can't wait until next summer when they return.

Handsome dog!!!! Is he yours?

Aug 17, 2011 05:51 PM
John McCarthy
North Hampton, NH
Realtor - Seacoast NH

Hi Debra - Duhhhhhhhhh! Sorry, I didn't figure out the significance of your last comment and photo until just now. Thank you for the Feature! My dear friend Toni suggested I join this group in a comment on one of my last posts. Hope you have a great week!

Aug 17, 2011 06:15 PM
Debbie Walsh
Shahar Management - Middletown, NY
Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036

Yes that is my Yorkie Frankie.  She is a girl-named by my daughter.   :-)

Aug 18, 2011 07:37 AM
John McCarthy
North Hampton, NH
Realtor - Seacoast NH

Hi Debra - In that case, SHE's very handsome, indeed! Yorkies have so much expression and an even temperament. Great dogs!

Aug 18, 2011 10:33 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

John,

I just came back for a revisit and noticed what you said about your backyard wrens, " By the way, did I mention how smart our backyard Wrens are? On leaving the nest, the babies enroll in Wrensallhere (Renssalear) University."

THAT'S IMPRESSIVE AND WORTH TWEETING ABOUT!!!

Aug 21, 2011 06:46 AM
John McCarthy
North Hampton, NH
Realtor - Seacoast NH

Hi Patricia - Original...yes. First time using it...not by a long shot. Whenever we have a gathering of friends for barbecues, I always mention how smart our wrens are. It is usually well received. Hahaha.  I like the idea of tweeting about it :-) Thanks for stopping by again. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!

Aug 21, 2011 07:35 AM
Don Eichler
Eichler Properties - Granbury, TX

John, Great post.  Today I feel like the male wren because I am moving out of a house that I thought i would live in for the rest of my life, not sos ays mother Wren.  I will find another nest soon.

Aug 24, 2011 05:37 PM
John McCarthy
North Hampton, NH
Realtor - Seacoast NH

Hi Don - When one door closes, another opens. Each chapter in our lives brings new challenges and new rewards. I sure  hope your new nest makes you feel as comfortable as your old nest obviously made you feel. I'll share another quick nest story with you. I have friends who rented the same house for 44 years. The owner sold it to her brother who had no interest in being a landlord and second mortgaged this house and another property he owned. He stopped paying the mortgage and the bank foreclosed on the house. My friends worked out an arrangement with the bank to rent for a couple of months, but eventually the house sold and they had to leave. Seniors in their seventies...there is something so not right about this. They stayed in a motel until I could find a new home for them to rent...but I found them a beautiful new home where their son and his daughter could join them. Sometimes things have a way of working out!

Aug 24, 2011 05:52 PM