House Wrens (Troglodytes aedon) are spring and summer birds for us at Leaning Oaks. Our earliest record is from the first week of April and the latest is the third week of August. We have records from almost every year we have been on the property, however some years it is just a bird or two briefly stopping in during spring migration. Some years however, we have birds that breed on the property, using one of our nest boxes. They aren't easily overlooked early in the breeding season as they are very vocal with wheezy, chattering, complicated songs that are produced many, many times a day. They are not only industrious singers but ambitious nest constructors as well, with many long sticks and pieces of grass stuffed into the nest boxes, nearly filling them.
Two biologists on a beautiful property armed with cameras, smart phones and a marginal knowledge of websites took up the challenge of documenting one species a day on that property. Join along! Posts and photographs by Leah Ramsay and David Fraser (unless otherwise stated; started January 1, 2014.