January 3 , 2014

SUBJECT: House Wren Bug Bonanza

I'm not a huge fan of House Wrens. They are incredibly aggressive during their nesting season and will commonly tear down nearby nests of other bird species. (I have personally witnessed a House Wren tear down an Eastern Phoebe nest.) Nasty, Nasty, Nasty!

Nonetheless, there isn't much I can do to prevent this other than to give them plenty of nesting boxes. One such box this last summer gave me an incredible insight as to the diversity of bugs that these birds feed their young. Just about any bug that they see is fair game.

Without further ado, here are a few pics showing some of their prized catches:

House Wren


House Wren


House Wren


House Wren


Although pictures can tell a thousand words, a video can do even more. Here's a short video to close out this week's journal:

House Wren Nest Box from Alan Stankevitz on Vimeo.

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