Wild Bird Wednesday: House Wren

This male House Wren built a nest in a gourd at my grandparents’ yard and I was able to get this photo of him.

Today, I’m linking up with Stewart for his Wild Bird Wednesday. So be sure to read through all the other bloggers’ posts with their wonderful wild birds.

A male House Wren,

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Long Point snapshots, early August

Note from PB’s mother: Prairie Birder left for 4H camp at Moose Lake, Alberta, yesterday (she’ll be back late on Friday), so I’m holding down the fort here again.

I thought I’d post some of my favorite of Prairie Birder’s pictures from the Young Ornithologists’ Workshop — she took about 700 or so, and posted only a few in her three posts. I hope you enjoy them too.

Northern Waterthrush,

A House Wren caught in the mist net one morning,

Dragonfly,

Light house at Long Point,

Prairie Birder’s digiscoped moon shot,

Gull tracks in the sand,

Eastern Spiny Softshell Turtle,

Fall Migration Hike

I spent Tuesday from 9 am to 1 pm at the local provincial park to look for Fall migrants.

I started along the river side of the park. The first birds I saw were Black-capped Chickadees, though after looking through the photos, I realized I hadn’t taken any photos of the chickadees. I saw a quite a lot of species, from Yellow-rumped Warblers to Turkey Vultures. I saw 18 species in total: four Pied-billed Grebes, eight Red-necked Grebes, one Double-crested Cormorant, five Mallards, two Gadwalls, 10 Buffleheads, three Turkey Vultures, one Northern Harrier, 15 Ring-billed Gulls, 23 Black Terns, one Belted Kingfisher, one Blue Jay, five American Crows, countless Black-capped Chickadees, three House Wrens, 17 Cedar Waxwings, 15 Yellow-rumped Warblers, and eight White-throated Sparrows.

Red-necked Grebe,

At first I thought this raptor was a hawk,

It was a Turkey Vulture,

One of the highlights of the trip, a Belted Kingfisher,

Non-breeding Black Tern,

New Neighbor

I noticed last Tuesday morning that we had a House wren in our yard, which is odd because where we live, we don’t have a wren’s usual habitat which is forest and bush.

Instead, we have open prairie and a few spruce trees. There are woods are across the road from our house, where I know that there are many House wrens, but there has never been a House wren in our yard until now. The wren is a male, who has taken an interest in the log bird house my father built last year. The wren has been filling the house with little twigs. My mother and I enjoy watching him going in and out of the box. Now each morning I wake up to the beautiful song of the House wren.

This is the bird box on our deck where the wren is building a nest,