As I was going out early this morning, the first bird I heard was a house wren.
A familiar wren, a small brown bird, for bird watchers is a small brown job or LBJ. A familiar wren is smaller than any sparrow but larger than a hummingbird. The house wren is one of nine species of wren in North America, according to my bird books.
These include the House Wren, Cactus Wren, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Carolina Wren, Bewick Wren, Winter Wren, Sedge Wren, and Long and Long Marsh Wren. small beak. There are also cave dwellers in Europe, but European troglodytes are of different species from North American troglodytes.
The most common wren in North America must be the house wren. Its summer range extends from the Atlantic coast to the Pacific coast and approximately from the mid-continent to northern central Canada. The wintering range of the House Wren is in the southern states of the United States and south to Mexico and Central America.
Troglodytes, American troglodytes, belong to the Troglodytidae family. The name Troglodytidae means cave dweller. American Wren do not nest in caves but they nest in cavities, holes. Familiar wren, for example, commonly nest in nest boxes and woodpecker holes, after the woodpeckers have left, of course.
I have read stories of house troglodytes nesting in a glove left on the floor and in a straw hat on the floor. They nestled in empty cans on the floor and even in the pocket of pants hanging from a clothesline. I had a birdhouse, made for troglodytes, at the front of my house, by a window. But the cave dwellers never nested in the house I provided. This house fell a few years ago and I haven’t put it back.
One of the most interesting House Wren nesting sites, for me when I was young, was a toolbox Daddy had on the side of our house. Dad kept the garden tools he used in the flower beds around the house in this box. However, there were too many tools for the box. When the tools were in, the lid would not close. A pair of familiar cave dwellers slipped in and out of this box and nestled among the tools. My brother and I watched the birds come in and go out. They nested in this box for several years and raised several broods there.
There are familiar cave dwellers in our yard now, two of them I think, although there may be more. But I’ve never seen more than two at a time. Two troglodytes, for me the female is Jenny of course and the male is Johnny. I see one or both of them almost every day in good weather and often hear their loud, bubbling song. I guess they’re looking for some hole to nest in. But they may already have a nest somewhere and can incubate eggs or feed baby birds.
Home cave dwellers are welcome in my garden. I like to see them.
They are such busy little bodies. And I love to hear them. In addition, they are beneficial. According to studies of eating habits, more than half of their food is grasshoppers, crickets and other large insects. And most of the rest of their food is small insects.
House wren in my yard sometimes land on a bird feeder outside my dining room window.
I see them sitting at the table having breakfast, lunch or dinner. They never stay on the feeder for long and whether they eat something from the feeder or not, I couldn’t tell. If they had, however, I think they would have fed the chicks at the feeder, and I didn’t see them bring chicks to the feeder, however, let alone feed them there.