Hopeful harbinger (2)

Another warmer-weather bird has chosen to appear in the deep mid-winter, much to our continuing surprise.  This one is the house wren (Troglodytes aedon).  We normally would not expect to see one for another month or so, but here it is.  I find myself fervently hoping that its appearance is an indication of an early spring.  House wren 848We know these little birds as avid insectivores, and when we’ve seen them in spring and summer, they usually have captured a caterpillar or an adult insect.  For the time being, we’ve seen it feeding eagerly on the suet cakes we’ve been putting out.  May it thrive, with our help, and lead us into a hasty end to this winter!

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6 Responses to Hopeful harbinger (2)

  1. cindy knoke says:

    Great capture of a super cutey!

    • krikitarts says:

      They are so small and so quick that it’s usually hard to catch them sitting still for more than a few seconds. This has been a rare opportunity, all the more rare because it’s so early. Sure makes one wonder what’s going on.

  2. shoreacres says:

    So much for the wren as “a little brown bird.” Look at the variety in the feather patterns, and the shades of brown. I had to give up a water bucket one year, when a wren decided it was the perfect place for a nest.

    • krikitarts says:

      Bless your kind heart! We were fortunate to have inherited a little wren house when we bought our house 18 years ago and I’ve had to repair its roof and clean it out each spring in anticipation of their arrival, but it has provided suitable lodging for a pair of wrens through the years. We just love watching their agile antics and listening to their wonderful, burbling calls. Do you remember the plastic bird calls that we put water into and blew through as kids? I’m sure that the designers had wrens in mind. I think of those every time I hear them sing.

  3. Adrian Lewis says:

    Absolutely wonderful portrait, Gary, great stuff! And so like our Wren – the same genus I see, I think our’s is the nominate species. Adrian

  4. krikitarts says:

    It’s quite possible that they have mutual ancestors, thanks to the thoughtless dreamers who decided to try to introduce every bird species mentioned by Will Shakespeare into the new world.

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