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Old 05-30-2020, 10:27 AM
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A wren couple has been building a nest inside the hanging flower basket outside my kitchen window. But they are behaving as if it was their weekend house. They come on Sunday and do some serious building and then they disappear until the next weekend. It's not a male bird trying to attract females, it's a couple. It's been going on a few weekends now. What is going on?
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Old 05-30-2020, 01:03 PM
 
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A wren couple has been building a nest inside the hanging flower basket outside my kitchen window. But they are behaving as if it was their weekend house. They come on Sunday and do some serious building and then they disappear until the next weekend. It's not a male bird trying to attract females, it's a couple. It's been going on a few weekends now. What is going on?
Maybe infertile?

I get wrens every year in a little cover I placed over a security camera and in the mouth of a three foot high metal chicken! I have plenty of birdhouses; but mine like the unconventional. I guess the little buggers don't like my time share plans!
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Old 05-30-2020, 02:32 PM
 
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A wren couple has been building a nest inside the hanging flower basket outside my kitchen window. But they are behaving as if it was their weekend house. They come on Sunday and do some serious building and then they disappear until the next weekend. It's not a male bird trying to attract females, it's a couple. It's been going on a few weekends now. What is going on?
How could you know if they are the same two birds? Could be different pairs getting attracted to the basket, attempting to build, then abandoning due to disturbance. Then another pair tries a week later. Repeat. I'd suspect once summer proceeds and breeding hormones stop raging they'll stop.
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Old 05-30-2020, 03:38 PM
 
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Don't wrens work on building several different nests at the same time?
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Old 05-30-2020, 04:07 PM
 
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Don't wrens work on building several different nests at the same time?
Male house wrens may build multiple nests to entice multiple females. Wrens can have a pretty busy social life!

House Wren
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Old 05-30-2020, 06:16 PM
 
Location: Kansas City, MISSOURI
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I have some Carolina wrens in my yard and I swear they are the most hyperactive birds I have ever seen.
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Old 05-31-2020, 10:03 AM
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Thanks everyone for your comments. I suppose we have no way of knowing if it was the same couple every weekend, although it's the first time in five years that we've had wrens - wouldn't it be too much of a coincidence for 3 different couples to check out the flower pot? No visits this weekend. Yes, they seemed quite hyperactive, and loud, but it was nice to have them.
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Old 05-31-2020, 01:08 PM
 
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- wouldn't it be too much of a coincidence for 3 different couples to check out the flower pot?
Not if you just happen to have a very dominant male around this year.
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Old 05-31-2020, 01:29 PM
 
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Love your story. We have resident wrens. They're noisy rascals and we enjoy having them liven up the yard.

When he first established housekeeping in the wren house he sat on top of it for a week or more calling out to the neighborhood. "Come see my beautiful home and what an industrious and handsome mate I am."

Then for a while there was a threesome discussing Missus Wren's interests.

Now a pair are established and I think we are already awaiting the first little heads peeking out the door as they've been flying back and forth feeding them.

We'll have at least one more nesting. Then one day, silence.

Their are purple finches here also but for the last few years we've had no luck attracting them to live in our yard. They just come for lunch and leave. I used to have an annual pair of house finches build on the front porch and miss them.

Their song is more pleasant and subdued than those raucous wrens.
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Old 05-31-2020, 02:12 PM
 
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A wren couple has been building a nest inside the hanging flower basket outside my kitchen window. But they are behaving as if it was their weekend house. They come on Sunday and do some serious building and then they disappear until the next weekend. It's not a male bird trying to attract females, it's a couple. It's been going on a few weekends now. What is going on?
They probably have some essential bird business going on during the week. Sunday is their day of rest.
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