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Sunday, June 15, 2014

Mr. Wren




We have a male wren in our neighborhood.
He's desperately looking for a lady friend!
He's loud and persistent in his calls and can be heard
even inside our house with the windows closed!

For those of you who may not know, the male wren
will build 3-4 nests all on his own even before meeting 
his lady!  Then he will call and call for as long as it takes!

Once she shows up, he changes his calling to a romantic,
soft song and takes her around to all the nests he has made.
She gets to choose which ever nest she likes!
After she chooses, she starts tearing it apart
and then the two of them rebuild it together!

What a man, huh, to put up with all of that!?
Just after reading all of these facts a few years ago,
I got to witness it right in my own yard.
That obnoxious call that had been going on for days
suddenly turned into the sweetest little cooing!
I couldn't believe it was the same bird!

I took the photo this week when Mr. Wren must have 
 been checking out my hanging basket for bugs.
They don't eat seed!  
  And as I type this, he is still out there
calling his little lungs out!  I hope for his sake that
a sweet little girl wren shows up soon!

I've linked up with Anni at I'd Rather B Birdin'.
You can see other bird photos HERE!


76 comments:

  1. Oh I hope he finds a lady friend quick! Beautiful capture of him and your flowers.

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    1. I do, too! I'm beginning to feel sorry for the little guy!

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  2. kinda glad i did not need to build 3-4 houses to attract T...
    that could get expensive...and would probably give my self
    a headache with my own singing...lol

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    1. lol....especially if she tore down her favorite and you had to help her rebuild!
      Now, that is real love, isn't it? haha.

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  3. I hope that you have a lady wren and lots of little wrens very soon - to stop the calling if nothing else, otherwise that little fellow will be exhausted!! xx

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    1. I know! The wish is a selfish one, too! haha.

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  4. Great shot and story!! Boom, Bobbi, and Gary

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    1. Thanks Gary! And thanks for bringing Boom and Bobbi along! :)

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  5. Bet he wishes he was a goldfish!
    The poor sod!! . . . . calling away like that and she keeps giving him the slip.
    Singing his lungs out and building away
    . . . . no wonder he speaks in a low voice
    He is shattered and then he has to rebuild the house yet again.
    It's a wonder he has any energy left and the species has not died out!! ROFL

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    1. She's pretty cheeky playing hard to get like that, don't you think?

      poor sod...that is a term we don't use over here....lol...it cracks me up!

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    2. oh there are lot's of poor sods over here!!!!!
      Yes she us really cheeky making him work for his marital delights like that and making him pass all her tests.
      Can't he pretend to be a Jay or a Sparrow or something!!

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    3. haha....Oh, he'd have a hard time pretending to be a Jay! He's only as big as their head!
      Maybe he isn't a poor sod...maybe she makes it all worth while. ha.

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    4. Yes in the end true love will surface and they will be a very happy Mr and Mrs Wren hahaha

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  6. Since it is Saturday night, maybe Mr. Wren will find a sweet little lady! Beautiful photos and interesting facts.
    Happy Father's Day weekend to you guys.

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    1. Yes, that's a good thought! I hope date night brings them together! :)

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  7. Poor dear I hope he find soon a nice lady:)

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    1. I know! It's been a few weeks! Poor little guy!

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  8. Wish my husband was that handy! ;)

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    1. It's pretty impressive, isn't it...all that he goes through for her?

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  9. Damn, that is too much work
    Building 3 or 4 isn't a perk
    But I guess if you want to impress
    You have to do more not less

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    1. I hope she's nice to him after all that
      and doesn't become a nag and an old bat.
      hahahaha...

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    2. The fact he wants to woo a spouse
      Will make him build a house. house. house
      And then he shouts and calls for weeks
      To find a lady, whom he seeks
      His advances fall upon deaf ears
      Until she suddenly appears.
      She says none of those will do
      Come lets knock thm down us two
      If you whisper low romances in my ear
      You may have your way with me my dear
      But after we erect our house
      Are you a tiger or a mouse??
      LOL

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    3. I'm sure he's a tiger if she whispers like a kitten.
      But if she nags, he might get bitten
      and call himself a poor ol' sod
      and pray he was single again, please, God!
      lol...

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    4. Oh! after all he's gone through
      He will be dominant of the two.
      And she her eyekashes will flutter
      And sweet words to him she will utter

      ROFL . . . . . come on Patt where are you?

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    5. The cat has work to do
      But he can rhyme for a few
      The old bat can come and go
      She can easily reap and sow
      For if she is a grouch
      Or declares he gets the couch
      He has three other houses in which to live
      So he can go there with no need to forgive
      Then she'll do all the work
      Finding she misses her perk
      Show a little of this and that
      And poof he'll no longer scat
      They get along for a while
      Until the years turn the dial
      She'll get plastic and he'll get bored
      Then he'll drive off in a broken down ford
      Or pull the rip cord
      Praying to the lord
      That he take his life
      To get away from that b**ch of a wife

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    6. Oh Lord
      The poor sod
      has pulled the cord!
      I'm glad I'm not a wren
      I'd be free and alive again!!
      LOL

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    7. Afraid to show your face
      After such an embrace?

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    8. No I'm much more than that, a real slogger
      But I used the wrong email when on Blogger!!
      And that just shows a google B
      And not how you usually see me!!
      LOL

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  10. I love those feisty little birds! Hopefully the Mrs. will show up soon and be satisfied with the first 'house' :)

    There are a few nests around here that they have used this year. Unique and interesting little nests!

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    1. I love to see photos of wrens choosing interesting nests...boots, mailboxes, things like that. How fun!

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  11. I didn't know anything about wren courting behavior. Thanks for the education :-)

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    1. It's really amazing...and so cool to see up close and personal. I don't know of another bird that does that.
      He must really be a patient guy. haha.

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  12. Well, I never knew that. You learn something new every day. I don't think I have seen a wren in this part of the world for years now. I get a lot of house martins building their mud nests under the eaves of the outhouse.

    Since Maggie the Magpie got eaten we have acquired a crow, and he is becoming a bit of a pest. He squawks very loudly as soon as the sun come up (4am) and doesn't stop until dusk!

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    1. I agree...crows are pesky! And they sure look huge if you're used to watching little wrens and finches! Maybe the fox will get the crow, too? Just don't let him carry you off! ha.

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  13. I'd never heard about male wrens before. I love the story. Hope this fellow finds love soon!

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    1. It really is amazing, isn't it? I hope he does, too! Poor guy! I remember this happening before and it took weeks!

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  14. Cute! I have a baltimore oriole and cardinal calling all day.. Send any females here to my house...Michelle

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    1. I have a lady cardinal, but she's spoken for! ha.

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    1. Isn't he? He's bound to find love soon, don't you think? Poor guy! ha.

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  16. I never knew any of this! Thanks, Betsy, I'll pay more attention to see if I can discover this behavior.

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    1. Well, there's no mistaking if you have one in your neighborhood! They are so loud, aren't they? Mine is still going strong this morning!

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  17. Poor lad - he's got it bad!

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  18. Happy Father's Day to the Mister xo

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    1. thank you....I'll tell him you said so!

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    2. Betsy I wanna to the mr. Too a happy's fathers day

      Suza l wanna say that tol.
      Here the dad is happy too:)

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  19. I hope Mr Wren finds a lady friend soon. Of course he may have one tucked away out of sight. These ladies can be shy you know.

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    1. Well, if he has one tucked away, shame on him for calling for another! hahaha,....

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  20. wonderful - I wasn't aware of the courting rituals of wrens before.

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    1. Hi Gerald! It's fascinating, isn't it? Thank for stopping by and commenting.

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  21. OMG; what a beautiful picture of Wren perching the flower basket♡♡♡ I wish I could take pictures like yours ;)
    Sending you lots of Love and Hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

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    1. Thanks, Miyako! I enjoyed your photos, too! Gorgeous BIG bird in your yard...so colorful!

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  22. What a cute post, adorable wren shot.. Have a happy day and new week ahead!

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    1. Thank you, Eileen! It's been fun to join Anni's group!

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  23. That's fascinating! happy Father's Day to your family!

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    1. Thanks, Anita....we're having brunch a little later....cinnamon rolls are rising! yum!

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  24. I believe he may be scouting your basket as a possible nest location. I've had them build nests in several potted plants in my courtyard and then had to be oh so careful when watering. Wrens are probably my favorite birds. One who slept on top of a front porch column every evening one fall actually gave me solace while my father was undergoing multiple cancer operations. They are the state bird of SC where I lived for 31 years. I was thrilled when one was featured on the state license plate some years back. Lynne in NC

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    1. I wondered about that! It would have been a beautiful place for a nest, wouldn't it? I bet it would have been the first choice of Mrs. Wren, too! But it hangs so low in that tree I would have been worried about the cats getting into it. I love the story of the wren on your column...I really do believe God sends us little things of comfort like that. I actually believe that about my brood of cats....

      Now, I would love to have a wren on a license plate! How very fun!

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  25. OMGoodness...oh my goodness!!! This image, as beautiful as it is...could make a GREAT note card work of art. The blue flowers just sets off the bird's colors and richness. Lovely, simply lovely.

    Thanks for linking up this weekend at the Bird D'Pot!! All the birders appreciate your participation.

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    1. Aw, thanks Anni! I was so glad I had my camera when he landed there for just a few seconds. Sometimes you just get lucky with a photo, don't you? I really appreciate you inviting me into your photo group....I'm enjoying everyone's entries very much!

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  26. I love wren's! They are the biggest, little characters! We have Carolina Wrens here. I didn't know that about the males building all those nests, but that explains the behavior I've seen around here! Check your hanging plants - Lynne in NC might be right. I've had wrens build in mine before. In fact they'll build in almost anything! I left a heavy raincoat out on the back patio once, for all off five minutes and one started building a nest in the hood! I guess he was short on building sights, ha! I'm so glad to have met you, Betsy! From poking around your blog it seems we have some things in common - my husband is Irish-Cherokee - I love coffee, God and positive {common sense} living! I'm happy to follow you :)

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    1. biggest little characters...I love that! Perfect description!

      I'm so glad you've stopped by! It's always great to meet up with other bloggers who are like us, isn't it? ;)

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  27. He's cute! You have to give him full points for trying. I hope he finds a lady friend after all that trouble.

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    1. Yes, he does get a good grade for making an effort! I suspect some lady wren will find him irresistible very soon!

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  28. I never knew the story of a wrens love life, how romantic, hope he finds that love soon, for everyone!!

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    1. It is pretty romantic, isn't it? And a lesson in patience and self sacrifice. who knew birds did that!

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  29. One, if not my favorite, wild bird!
    I love their songs. And I appreciate his hard work.
    Cheers to Mr. Wren, in hopes of a Mrs.

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    1. They really are amazing....I love the little lessons we can learn if we take the time to learn their habits.

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  30. I am so tickled with this sweet story! he's an adorable little bird and I hope he has a successful family!

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    1. Me, too...the little guy sure wants it to happen! :)

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  31. Awww! such a sweet love story..he is worthy to be loved..a real man your Mr. Wren is..

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    1. He really is such a sweetheart! I hope he finds love soon!

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  32. Great photo from Mr. Wren. I hope he will find his lady soon.

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  33. Mrs Wren is my favorite, but now I wonder if I've been admiring MR Wren all along!?
    (I do hate it when he/she builds a nest in my flower baskets, though...)

    s

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