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Pacific Wren: successful nesting near man

Troglodytes pacificus


Our little male is pretty much a year round resident of our property. For several years we've had to fight them invading our house in cold weather, fixing weather strips at the bottoms of the doors to prevent them from coming inside and falling prey to our dogs. His singing was particularly nice this year(1st photo) and March(photo from the 24th) it was obvious he was working to start a family. According to Cornell, the male builds the nest and leads the female to it. We watched as one of them tore down the nest and then they both rebuilt it(apparently to her standards). We watched as every morning he serenaded us(and her) and there seemed to be a changing of the guard at which point he didn't sing until the next morning. May 28th I finally saw our babies after hearing them for several days, and for several weeks watching one bird come and go with bugs(possibly feeding his mate). On the 29th, I found myself face to face with one little fledgling and then found the other two out and about with mom fussing over and feeding them.(last 4 pictures). The Steller's jays were making food calls so I stayed outside and took pictures, given that I was less threatening than the Jays, and mama came and fed the babies when I was only feet away. Later she moved them into the garage where she had easy access to spiders and the babies had cover from Jays and openings through which they could escape. She landed on my shoulder once, with a spider in her beak as if to say, "I've got this covered, now shoo!" So I did


fir forest with human habitation


I have a few more photo, so there may be a second spotting put together

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KarenSaxton 5 months ago

A full week later the babies are still returning to the nest at night. They make a tseep tseep sound as they keep track of each other in the early am and at dusk

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Oregon, USA

Lat: 43.17, Long: -124.24

Spotted on May 29, 2019
Submitted on May 29, 2019

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