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Jun 3, 2013

Wren's call delights us

Photos by BarrytheBirder
House Wren 
Troglodytes aedon
My wife and I are completely captivated by the first-ever nesting pair of House Wrens that have moved into the one-and-only birdhouse in our backyard.   Everything about them appeals to us; their appearance, their personality, their tameness and most of all their voices.   Our National Geographic Field Guide describes the sound as: "Exuberant song, a cascade of bubbling whistled notes", while our Audubon Handbook says: "Song a rapid, liquid, bubbling chatter, often given throughout the day".   Our Royal Ontario Museum Birds of Ontario says: "Male sings complex series of rapid, bubbling notes that rise in pitch and volume, then fall toward end.   Calls includes chatters, rattles, and harsh, scolding notes.   Incubating female produces short, low whine."   Above all else, for their size, they are amazingly loud!

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