Bewick’s Wren and Marsh Wren

When asked to name her favorite bird, a young ecologist friend once replied with a smile: “All wrens!” I begin to understand her affection.

Coming home in the early morning, we saw (figured out from the bird book) a Bewick’s wren pulling fibers from the front door mat. Often I attach cat and dog fur, harvested-from-brushing, to the ribes and elderberry, mostly as deer deterrent but available as nesting material.

This time I stuck some in small tufts around the edge of the doormat. A little later I spotted both the Bewick’s wren and (another I had to look up) – a marsh wren. The fur quickly disappeared.

According to “Birds of the Puget Sound Region” (well-used and always sitting by the binoculars), the marsh wren male builds “multiple spherical nests.” The female chooses just one, to line and lay her eggs in.

1 thought on “Bewick’s Wren and Marsh Wren

  1. Hi Katy,

    We’re really enjoying your “series” on birds. Your paintings of them are delightful!

    Seeing, hearing and identifying birds and bird songs and nests is one of our favorite pastimes. And the Bewick’s Wren is definitely a favorite. Its song is so jubilant, often sung from the tops trees for all to hear, like the cottonwoods we camp under in desert washes in New Mexico, Arizona and Texas in the spring. I guess they’re everywhere, making sure everyone appreciates their arias. But I’ve never seen them build a nest! How fascinating to watch them collecting materials from your doormat.

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