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  •  Carolina wrens will go into any crevice (5+ / 0-)

    When I lived in NC, we had Carolina wrens in the house several times.  When the dog door got old and didn't seal to its magnets well, a gap developed.  Sure enough, the Carolina wrens came in to explore.  They also came down the stovepipe. The only way back outside was through the house.  

    They tried multiple times to build a nest in the front grill of my truck if I didn't move it for just a couple of hours.  And the old rusted barbecue grill that didn't close properly became a nesting site since they could squeeze into the gap between the lid and the bottom.  We let them raise a brood there - this was after their first nesting in the wren house we put out for them.

    Living with Carolina wrens is challenging.  We used to feed live mealworms to them.  They knew the hand that fed them and, if the mealworm tray was empty, they loudly demanded it be filled.  They would glare into the dining room and tell us all about it.

    I miss their personalities.  The Pacific wrens are cuter, but terribly shy comparatively.

    Well-behaved women rarely make history - Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

    by Milly Watt on Sun Jan 06, 2013 at 05:51:39 PM PST

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    •  Ours aren't quite so bold. (4+ / 0-)

      They've nested inside the front porch light fixture and in the lower part of our mailbox but they've never come in the house.

      In a house that we used to stay at sometimes in rural Arizona Canyon Wrens would come into the house quite regularly.  There was an opening somewhere high up and they would come in and vocalize a lot and then leave again. Our cats (who came with us on these trips) were utterly fascinated but also quite frustrated as the wrens were way out of their reach.

      "We are normal and we want our freedom" - Bonzos

      by matching mole on Sun Jan 06, 2013 at 06:03:10 PM PST

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    •  They thumb their noses at the bird houses I put up (5+ / 0-)

      especially for them and build their nest in the most unlikely of places, like the ones that nested in an old storage cabinet in my shop, another year on a open shelf in the same shop, or the pair that set up house in an old backpack I had left hanging on a wall in another shed. Whatever spot they pick, it's their's for as long as they want it. I'm just glad to have them.

      Just give me some truth. John Lennon--- OWS------Too Big To Fail

      by burnt out on Sun Jan 06, 2013 at 06:12:30 PM PST

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