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

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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Comment balloon 29 commentsJohn McCarthy • August 11 2011 11:25AM

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I love that the female throws out the male's home staging when she moves in...kind of like us humans!  Great video!

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) over 8 years ago

John, this was so well done. I'd be many humans could relate to this... in fact.. I'd bet some should be more like the wrens. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) over 8 years ago

Congratulations, you've been featured in BananaTude!

Bananatude

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) over 8 years ago

Hi Sharon - It really is cute the way the female takes ownership right away! Glad you liked the video.

Kathy - Thank you for finding my blog today and stopping by. More like the wrens? Couldn't agree more :-) Thank you for letting me know about BananaTude. One of my favorite groups!

Posted by John McCarthy, Realtor - Seacoast NH (Bean Group Portsmouth NH) over 8 years ago

Thanks for sharing this bit of nature with us! 

So does it stand to reason that we can get our teens to leave by stopping feedings?

:-)

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty) over 8 years ago

Hi Kat - Yes, in my experience, I've found that it works just about all the time  :-) Loved your post from yesterday!

Posted by John McCarthy, Realtor - Seacoast NH (Bean Group Portsmouth NH) over 8 years ago

Hi John, now how cool is it that you were able to take video of these babies leaving the nest! Kinda reminds me of what I would feel like if I was jumping out of a plane for the first time. I also love how in tune you are with your wild life. I bet that video will be one that gets watched often.

Posted by Cindy Westfall, ABR,GRI Your Tualatin & Portland Metro Real Estate (Premiere Property Group,LLC Portland Metro & Suburbs Oregon) over 8 years ago

Hi John,

This is truly an enjoyable post. What a gift you've given us in the RAIN. I just love the write-up and the videos. You're so clever and talented. I'll bet you have lots of opportunities to take some great photos in Seacoast NH.

This has to be one of my favorite posts on AR!

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) over 8 years ago

Hi Cindy - Your analogy to jumping out of a plane is quite apt. I recently saw a video of baby robins leaving the nest. The mother had gone off to find food to bring back and while she was gone, the babies flew off. She came back with a worm to an empty nest. How sad is that? In addition to the House Wrens, we have also had families of Chickadees and Blue Birds, but my favs are always the Wrens. I can just hear the male Wren whispering to her, "Hey Baby, let's go back to that place by the lake (pool). It will be like old times..."

Patricia - Thanks for finding this post today. I loved writing it, because the Wrens provided a source of interesting material. By the way, did I mention how smart our backyard Wrens are? On leaving the nest, the babies enroll in Wrensallhere (Renssalear) University. I know...you can't believe I just said that. With that, its off to bed. I'm showing homes tomorrow.

Posted by John McCarthy, Realtor - Seacoast NH (Bean Group Portsmouth NH) over 8 years ago

Priceless John, you should sell this to Olympus camera

Posted by Kenneth Cole, NYS Licensed Real Estate Salesperson (Weichert Realtors Appleseed Group, 2043 Richmond Ave. S.I.N.Y. 10314. office phone 718-698-9797, Appleseedhomes.com -) over 8 years ago

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!

Posted by John McCarthy, Realtor - Seacoast NH (Bean Group Portsmouth NH) over 8 years ago

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.

Posted by Toni Weidman, 20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL (Sailwinds Realty) over 8 years ago

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!

Posted by John McCarthy, Realtor - Seacoast NH (Bean Group Portsmouth NH) over 8 years ago

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

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) over 8 years ago

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!

Posted by John McCarthy, Realtor - Seacoast NH (Bean Group Portsmouth NH) over 8 years ago

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!

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) over 8 years ago

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.

Posted by John McCarthy, Realtor - Seacoast NH (Bean Group Portsmouth NH) over 8 years ago

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

Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 8 years ago

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!

Posted by John McCarthy, Realtor - Seacoast NH (Bean Group Portsmouth NH) over 8 years ago

John great post, pictures and love the video!

Posted by Debbie Walsh, Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036 (Shahar Management) over 8 years ago

 

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Posted by Debbie Walsh, Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036 (Shahar Management) over 8 years ago

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?

Posted by John McCarthy, Realtor - Seacoast NH (Bean Group Portsmouth NH) over 8 years ago

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!

Posted by John McCarthy, Realtor - Seacoast NH (Bean Group Portsmouth NH) over 8 years ago

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

Posted by Debbie Walsh, Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036 (Shahar Management) over 8 years ago

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

Posted by John McCarthy, Realtor - Seacoast NH (Bean Group Portsmouth NH) over 8 years ago

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!!!

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) over 8 years ago

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!

Posted by John McCarthy, Realtor - Seacoast NH (Bean Group Portsmouth NH) over 8 years ago

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.

Posted by Don Eichler (Eichler Properties) over 8 years ago

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!

Posted by John McCarthy, Realtor - Seacoast NH (Bean Group Portsmouth NH) over 8 years ago

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