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Copyright: Alli Hemingway (annagrace) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 527 W: 18 N: 851] (2996)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-02-14
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 350D (Digital Rebel XT)
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-02-15 14:17
Viewed: 3622
Points: 27
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House Wren
(Troglodytes aedon)

Finally a shot with my new telephoto lens that Alan (liquidsunshine) sent! I took this photo in my backyard yesterday and apologize for the feeder in the picture, however I couldn't crop it out without amputating the bird's feet!

House Wrens are known for their aggressive defense of territories and nest sites. Especially when crowded, they destroy the eggs of competing species in the vicinity of their territories.


Many subspecies of House Wren have in the past been given full species status. But when taken as a whole, this species has one of the most extensive ranges of any bird in terms of latitude. Some form of the species occurs from Canada to southernmost South America. The northernmost form of House Wren breeds across southern Canada and throughout most of the United States, except in the Southeast. Another form once known as the "Brown-throated Wren" occurs from southeast Arizona south into Mexico.

In September, House Wrens stop singing, retreat into deeper woodlands, and even appear slightly darker and grayer. The transformation is enough that Audubon thought he was seeing a separate species, which he called the "Wood Wren." House Wrens become very shy and retiring on their wintering grounds, favoring the thickets and palmetto scrub of the southern United States.

During spring male House Wrens return about nine days ahead of the females to begin establishing territories in the forest edges, open woodlands, swamps, city parks, and suburban areas. They typically return to claim the same territories each year, which they vigorously defend with exuberant singing. The familiar loud song begins with a chatter of rapid notes, followed by cascades of doubled notes and groups of trills. Females sing as well, most often in the first few days after pairing. Songs are repeated with great frequency, as often as three to four times per minute.

A wide variety of sites are used for nesting. Nest boxes are readily accepted, and other, more unusual, locations noted include cans in garbage heaps, large abandoned hornet nests, old shoes, boots, hats, or the pockets of a scarecrow. Once an appropriate site is selected, the wrens fill the nest cavity with coarse twigs, sticks, and grass. The nest is lined with feathers, wool, hair, or catkins. My father once had a house wren building a nest in his work boots that were left outside.

Description: House Wrens are small, chunky birds (approximately 4.75 inches in length) with thin, slightly down-curved bills and short, rounded wings. Their tails are often held tilted up at a steep angle. Their upperparts are warm brown, and they have a slight whitish superciliary stripe over the eye. The wings, tail, and flanks are barred with black. The throat, breast, and belly are whitish.

Thank you Alan!

shal, volkan, nainnain, marhowie, jeanpaul, coasties, dew77, traveller, metcher, liquidsunshine, angybone, nofer has marked this note useful
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  • shal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 256 W: 64 N: 481] (2140)
  • [2007-02-15 15:10]

Hi Alli,
I see that someone has been invited over supper :)
Lovely shot and framing,
Cheers :D

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  • volkan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 497 W: 10 N: 4] (2425)
  • [2007-02-15 15:30]

Hi Alli,
Nice capture of this bird as if posing for you.
The background seems to be a little noisy.
Point of view and details are superb.
Well done.

hi alli
merci pour ce beau petit sujet, bonne présentation, belles couleurs, détails excellent et bon bg
félicitations, j'aime beaucoup

Hi Alli,
Sharp shot and a good POV of this wren..
Good color and details seen in the shadowed side of the birds plumage.
I think this is a Bewick's Wren though, with its bold white supercilium.

Hi Alli
C'est une tres belle photo,simple, naturelle, pour le plus grand plaisir de nos yeux..
La photo est nette, les couleurs naturelles....
en bref c'est du bon travail .
Merci et au revoir...JP

Hi Alli

Love the colour tone. Nicely composed. Looks great against the OOF BG. Very nice work. TFS.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-02-16 10:11]

Hello Alli,
Lovely capture.I liked POV,use of backlight,BG,clear eyes and composition a lot.Have a great weekend!

Hi, Alli.
Cute bird. Good sharpness and colors. Nice peaceful background.

Hi Alli,
I've been busy too. working hard as always!!
It's nice to see you're getting to use your new lens.
How are you finding the new camera to use?
Nicely captured shot of this Wren, I can see the sun made the lighting here fairly tricky, but you've coped well with it.
I've still to get out with my camera this year!!! I've got a day off at the end of march to blow the cobwebs away and get busy again!.

Thanks for posting, I'll send a catch up mail soon.
Have a great weekend my friend.

Congrats on the new lens! (Thanks liquidsunshine!)
What a absolutely lovely little bird! Photos like this make me wonder why we sometimes refer to these little guys as "common." Such beauty isn't "common."

Great point of view and composition! Nice clear shot.

How's my Southern Belle

Excellent shot and well done on the comp.
I'm out of school, yipeeeee.


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  • juanjo Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 167 W: 8 N: 27] (1142)
  • [2007-07-31 15:54]

hello Alli

lovely light on this beautiful little bird
the composition is perfect with the Bg and the bird .

colours are very natural ans sharpness good enough



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  • nofer Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1190 W: 366 N: 811] (2307)
  • [2007-08-01 12:32]

Ótima foto. Excelente resolução. Boas cores. Um ótimo trabalho.

This is a Carolina Wren, identified by the bold white stripe above its eye. which the House Wren lacks. It is also chubbier (and "chunkier", per your note) than the House Wren.

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