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#%$@%$ House Wrens
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Jim(MO)    Posted 07-23-2002 at 09:21:39       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I really do like the little critters and enjoy watching them. Buuut, they are taking over all the nesting sites. Bluebird boxes, Purple Martin motel and the barn swallow nests. They only build nests to run off the rightfull owners most of the time. They usually only lay eggs in the smaller houses that are meant for them. A pair did raise a family in the cross pipe of the clothsline. Cleaned out the bluebird boxes and and a pair of bluebirds immediateley started bringing in nesting material and a wren came right in behind them and started throwing it out. Can't be at the farm full time yet to keep up with them, just venting for now.

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Darcy Fischer    Posted 10-07-2007 at 07:38:36       [Reply]  [Send Email]
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Les...fortunate    Posted 07-23-2002 at 14:39:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
Wrens we don't have. I've been trying to attract bluebirds for years without success. They come and look but don't stay. One time I thought they were going to stay but the tree swallows druv 'em away.
Tell me what a barn swallow nest looks like. We used to have lots of barn swallows in the barns but have none anymore because of the blue jays. I never heard of anything humans could put up for barn swallows.

Willy-N    Posted 07-23-2002 at 16:26:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
Barn Swallows build there nest in the barns so to speak they like to have ledges, tops of light lixtures ect. They use a grass, stick mud type of nest. Cliff Swallows build them out of mud only under the eaves and we had over 100 of them build there nests at our place this year. Wrens are mean and will plug up nests and do it to many and use just one. I do not like them to much. You need a water and mud sourse for the Barn Swallows and Clift Swallows to come around. Mark H.

Les...Like I said    Posted 07-23-2002 at 17:26:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
We have plenty of barn swallow "habitat" but there are none around any more because the stinkin blue jays destroyed them all. When I was a kid we had scores of them around. Never see them now.

Willy-N    Posted 07-23-2002 at 19:12:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
If I had my way the Jays would have to go! I don't like the suckers either all they do is cause trouble. Mark H.

WallSal55    Posted 07-23-2002 at 12:47:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
My father-in-law hated the wren, for what it did
to the other birds nests. My dad on the other
hand loves to hear the wren sing, and couldn't
live without them! He has many bluebird houses, too. He finally is getting a bluebird population
built up.

Jim(MO)    Posted 07-23-2002 at 13:14:59       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I guess the bluebirds find a way. Counted 9 of them sitting in a row on the electric wire the other day. Also watched a sparrow dismantle a wren nest in the purple martin motel. Fair enough.

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