Bewick's Wren

by Peter

Bewick's wren
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Photo Credit: Dave Menke

This occurrence, seemingly fantastic, is true.

My redwood deck sits high above a concrete patio and an apple tree where hangs a plexiglas feeder. After experimenting with some of Susan's recipe suggestions for a few days, I noticed that a normally shy Bewick's wren was particularly happy.

It seemed much emboldened, thanks to both enticing eats and a feeder with an adjustable dome top to keep out the bigger birds.

A couple of mornings ago I was watching and I saw the wren dive down to what appeared to be some spot beneath my deck. I really couldn't see the flight path because of four feet of redwood lattice below the deck's top rail.

Imagine my surprise when I looked down to see the wren emerge beneath the bottom rail - a two-inch opening - and come hopping straight toward my feet.

It paused briefly, 18 inches away, then turned and retraced, darting back the way it came and disappearing. It was all over in a few seconds.

Birds are quick. They have to be to survive.
Amazing! Was it just an odd meaningless random event? Or, was the wren showing some kind
of innate curiosity? (Likely, it's come to associate me with food.)

Or stretching boundaries and preconceptions, was the little visitation some kind of personalized "thank you"?

I'm still scratching my head.

Any other birders out there harboring similar experiences? I'd be happy to hear them. I know one thing. I'll be less likely to call anyone a "bird brain" from now on. Not when it's obvious that birds, in a flash, see and process so many levels of what's going on around them.

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Feb 17, 2011
A Hairy Woodpecker dodging a Starling
by: Anonymous

Hi Peter,

I think these wild birds have incredible reflexes.I was reviewing my Bird cam video of a Hairy Woodpecker enjoying a meal on my suet feeder when I saw him jump to the other side seemingly effortlessly only to see a starling land on the exact same sport vacated by the hairy? The cam clearly showed the hairy eating the suet at the exact same time the starling landed on the hairy woodpeckers location. Now this starling came from the rear of the hairy and he could not have seen him but he somehow sensed his arrival and moved.These wild birds have amazing survival skills.

good post
fred from ohio ( a good place to be FROM) not in

Jan 26, 2011
Is the Bewick's Wren from NJ?
by: Claire

Dave - I enjoyed your picture and story about the bewick's wren. You didn't say what state you're in. I think the birds know when someone cares. It's a joy to hear then chirping. I think they are reminding us to put something out for them. I mostly feed them in winter (NJ gets cold). When I hear the birds, I know all is well. Like the canary in the mine, if they can survive, we can too. Thank you for your story and taking care of them too. Claire from New Jersey

Claire, Peter is from California.


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