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That Nest in Birdhouses

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That Nest in Birdhouses

70birds

That Nest in Birdhouses

Winter Wren

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Troglodytidae
Genus: Troglodytes
Species: hiemalis

La. passer sparrow, small bird
La. forma form, kind, species
Gr. trogle hole or hollow
Gr. dutes burrower

La. -idae appearance, resemblance
Gr. troglodutes cave dweller
La. hiemalis winter

About four inches long. Reddish brown, upper parts, with gray brown underside, barred sides and tail. Similar to the house wren.

Painting of a winter wren perched on a twig in typical wren tail up alert pose among shrubbery and tall grass.

Horizontal streak over the eye lacking the distinct contrast of the Carolina, Bewick’s and marsh Wrens. Short, often stuck up tail, slightly downward curved beak.

USGS map shows winter wrens breed in northern US and southern Canada along a swath extending from east to west coasts f

Winter Wrens inhabit coniferous forests, often deep in the woods, sometimes in the thickets of fields or wetland edges throughout most of British Columbia, south through Idaho, Washington, Oregon, and California, eastward across Canada, throughout the Great Lakes Region, lower Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, and south through Appalachia.

Winter wren song transcribed to sheet music
Winter wren perched on a rock amongst foliage.

The song of the winter wren is a rapid series of high-pitched bubbly chirping, here transcribed to sheet music by F. Schuyler Mathews

You may occasionally glimpse a winter wren out of the corner of your eye darting through underbrush, gone before you can focus, usually close to the ground foraging for insects, spiders and seeds.

Feed winter wrens mealworms, suet and suet mixes, peanut butter, bread crumbs and apple bits.

Attract wrens by planting various berry producing shrubbery which they will sometimes sample.

Leave piles of fallen shrubs, plants and leaves left full, not cut into neat piles on the ground which will provide cover for them and the insects they eat.

Winter wrens build nests of leaves, small twigs, feathers and moss in natural or abandoned tree cavities, broken tree stumps, roots of fallen timber, brush heaps, open buildings or bird houses.

Painting of winter wrens perched on tree branches one singing.

Females lay four to seven eggs, more or less, white speckled eggs which hatch after about two weeks incubation and young leave the nest in about another three weeks. Winter wrens normally raise two broods each season.

​​The Winter Wren Birdhouse (same as for Bewick’s Wrens and House Wrens) has a 4″ by 4″ floor, 8″ inside floor to ceiling, 1 1/4″ diameter entrance hole located 6″ above the floor and ventilation openings.

Assemble with screws fit to pre-drilled pilot holes and secure hinged roof with shutter hooks.

Mount or hang from tree limbs at chest level, higher only if necessary in secluded locations with partial sun and shade near plenty of trees and other foliage.

Locate deeper in the forest or grove as they are less inclined than the House Wren to live near humans.

Because male wrens tend to build several nests for the female to choose from, hanging several nest boxes may make an area more attractive.

Chickadees, titmice, nuthatches, downy woodpeckers and other wrens may use this box.

Birdhouse made with rough cut cedar, corrosion resistant screws and brass hinges and shutter hooks.

Wren Nest Box

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Wren Nest Box Plans

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Order: Passeriformes
Family: Troglodytidae
Genus: Troglodytes
Species: hiemalis

La. passer sparrow, small bird
La. forma form, kind, species
Gr. trogle hole or hollow
Gr. dutes burrower

La. -idae appearance, resemblance
Gr. troglodutes cave dweller
La. hiemalis winter

About four inches long. Reddish brown, upper parts, with gray brown underside, barred sides and tail. Similar to the house wren.

Painting of a winter wren perched on a twig in typical wren tail up alert pose among shrubbery and tall grass.

Horizontal streak over the eye lacking the distinct contrast of the Carolina, Bewick’s and marsh Wrens. Short, often stuck up tail, slightly downward curved beak.

USGS map shows winter wrens breed in northern US and southern Canada along a swath extending from east to west coasts f

Winter Wrens inhabit coniferous forests, often deep in the woods, sometimes in the thickets of fields or wetland edges throughout most of British Columbia, south through Idaho, Washington, Oregon, and California, eastward across Canada, throughout the Great Lakes Region, lower Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, and south through Appalachia.

Winter wren song transcribed to sheet music
Winter wren perched on a rock amongst foliage.

The song of the winter wren is a rapid series of high-pitched bubbly chirping, here transcribed to sheet music by F. Schuyler Mathews

You may occasionally glimpse a winter wren out of the corner of your eye darting through underbrush, gone before you can focus, usually close to the ground foraging for insects, spiders and seeds.

Feed winter wrens mealworms, suet and suet mixes, peanut butter, bread crumbs and apple bits.

Attract wrens by planting various berry producing shrubbery which they will sometimes sample.

Leave piles of fallen shrubs, plants and leaves left full, not cut into neat piles on the ground which will provide cover for them and the insects they eat.

Winter wrens build nests of leaves, small twigs, feathers and moss in natural or abandoned tree cavities, broken tree stumps, roots of fallen timber, brush heaps, open buildings or bird houses.

Painting of winter wrens perched on tree branches one singing.

Females lay four to seven eggs, more or less, white speckled eggs which hatch after about two weeks incubation and young leave the nest in about another three weeks. Winter wrens normally raise two broods each season.

The Winter Wren Birdhouse (same as for Bewick’s Wrens and House Wrens) has a 4″ by 4″ floor, 8″ inside floor to ceiling, 1 1/4″ diameter entrance hole located 6″ above the floor and ventilation openings.

Assemble with screws fit to pre-drilled pilot holes and secure hinged roof with shutter hooks.

Mount or hang from tree limbs at chest level, higher only if necessary in secluded locations with partial sun and shade near plenty of trees and other foliage.

Locate deeper in the forest or grove as they are less inclined than the House Wren to live near humans.

Because male wrens tend to build several nests for the female to choose from, hanging several nest boxes may make an area more attractive.

Chickadees, titmice, nuthatches, downy woodpeckers and other wrens may use this box.

Birdhouse made with rough cut cedar, corrosion resistant screws and brass hinges and shutter hooks.

Wren Nest Box

View and print birdhouse plans for wrens and brown creepers.

Wren Nest Box Plans

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Painting of a winter wren perched on a twig in typical wren tail up alert pose among shrubbery and tall grass.

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Troglodytidae
Genus: Troglodytes
Species: hiemalis

La. passer sparrow, small bird
La. forma form, kind, species
Gr. trogle hole or hollow
Gr. dutes burrower

La. -idae appearance, resemblance
Gr. troglodutes cave dweller
La. hiemalis winter

About four inches long. Reddish brown, upper parts, with gray brown underside, barred sides and tail.

Similar to the house wren. Horizontal streak over the eye lacking the distinct contrast of the Carolina, Bewick’s and marsh Wrens. Short, often stuck up tail, slightly downward curved beak.

USGS map shows winter wrens breed in northern US and southern Canada along a swath extending from east to west coasts f

Winter Wrens inhabit coniferous forests, often deep in the woods, sometimes in the thickets of fields or wetland edges throughout most of British Columbia, south through Idaho, Washington, Oregon, and California, eastward across Canada, throughout the Great Lakes Region, lower Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, and south through Appalachia.

Winter wren perched on a rock amongst foliage.
Winter wren song transcribed to sheet music

The song of the winter wren is a rapid series of high-pitched bubbly chirping, here transcribed to sheet music by F. Schuyler Mathews

Painting of winter wrens perched on tree branches one singing.

You may occasionally glimpse a winter wren out of the corner of your eye darting through underbrush, gone before you can focus, usually close to the ground foraging for insects, spiders and seeds.

Feed winter wrens mealworms, suet and suet mixes, peanut butter, bread crumbs and apple bits.

Attract wrens by planting various berry producing shrubbery which they will sometimes sample.

Leave piles of fallen shrubs, plants and leaves left full, not cut into neat piles on the ground which will provide cover for them and the insects they eat.

Winter wrens build nests of leaves, small twigs, feathers and moss in natural or abandoned tree cavities, broken tree stumps, roots of fallen timber, brush heaps, open buildings or bird houses.

Females lay four to seven eggs, more or less, white speckled eggs which hatch after about two weeks incubation and young leave the nest in about another three weeks. Winter wrens normally raise two broods each season.

The Winter Wren Birdhouse (same as for Bewick’s Wrens and House Wrens) has a 4″ by 4″ floor, 8″ inside floor to ceiling, 1 1/4″ diameter entrance hole located 6″ above the floor and ventilation openings.

Birdhouse made with rough cut cedar, corrosion resistant screws and brass hinges and shutter hooks.

Wren Nest Box

Assemble with screws fit to pre-drilled pilot holes and secure hinged roof with shutter hooks.

Mount or hang from tree limbs at chest level, higher only if necessary in secluded locations with partial sun and shade near plenty of trees and other foliage.

Select to view and print wren house plans.

Wren Nest Box Plans

Locate deeper in the forest or grove as they are less inclined than the House Wren to live near humans.

Remove the nests after the brood rearing seasons are over.

Chickadees, titmice, nuthatches, downy woodpeckers and other wrens may use this box.

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