Small solid colored dark brown on top and solid lighter brown underneath. Very chatty bird.

by Gary Ryckewaert
(Bartlett, IL. USA)

Hello, we put up a birdhouse in a crabapple tree in our front yard, mostly for decoration, not thinking any birds would nest in it because it is only about 4-5 feet off the ground. Today I noticed a small solid colored bird making a nest inside. The bird is very chatty, dark brown on top and lighter brown underneath. It does have a mate that seems to be keeping its distance for the most part. We live in northwestern Illinois and the bird is about half the size of our sparrows. The sparrows seem to ignore them but I noticed there were a couple of Robins chasing them away at times...I hope they won't hurt the bird. Anyway, the one bird spent all afternoon finding nesting materials very diligently and chatting ALOT all afternoon. I tried taking a picture but she would either fly away or blend in to the tree and was not noticable on the photo. Anyone have any idea what type bird it is? I have heard this chirping before...it is very quick and then slows down. There were times when she was chirping very fast and intently so much that I went outside to see if she was ok because she kind of sounded in distress. Thank you to anyone who would like to help. Some kind of finch or wren maybe?

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May 25, 2016
Hi John NEW
by: Gary

Hi John,
Thanks again for all the info. I am enjoying these little wrens as they are very active and chatty. I am looking forward to the little ones in June. I am going to look for a bird keeping app on my phone so I can keep track of the species that visit our yard. We have quite a variety so far this spring/summer. I will let ya know who's been by as the summer progresses. Take care, Gary 😎

May 25, 2016
Chatty Brown Bird NEW
by: John

Hi Gary,

I have a pair nesting right now. In and out building their nest.
My wren house is on a wood post also about four to five feet off ground.

I would estimate they will be laying eggs in early June after the nest is built and then hatching and raising their young after that. They also may have two broods over the summer so this is probably just the first batch they will hatch.

Robbins are more concerned with Wrens invading their nest than the other way around as wrens can be very tenacious despite their size. Also difficult for other birds to raid a wren house as entrance hole is only large enough for the wren to enter.

Enjoy the house wrens as they migrate south every year but provide lots of entertainment and a nice song in your yard while they are here for the summer!! .....John :-)

May 24, 2016
Thanks John NEW
by: Gary

Thanks John! And yes I do believe it is a week. I always know when they are around because of their distinctive chirps. When do they lay eggs? The one is constantly in and out of the bird house...sometimes with twigs and other times it looks like she might have some sort of food in her beak. I don't hear anything coming from inside the best. Just wondering so I can keep a look out for new little ones. Thanks again, gary

May 24, 2016
Chatty bird NEW
by: John

You are more than welcome Gary!

I have several wren houses in my yard and the wrens come back every year.

It is a good idea if you can clean the old nest out in the fall each year after they are done nesting to insure they have a clean nest box each year.

Most wren houses come apart with screws so you can clean them out inside every fall. One way you will definitely know it is a wren is if you hear a real melodious song in your yard as they can rival any bird with their song.

May 20, 2016
Thanks John NEW
by: Gary

Thanks for your reply John. I have been doing some research and that is definitely one that it may be. Thanks again.

May 20, 2016
Chatty Bird NEW
by: John

Sounds like you have a house wren.

They are fun to watch going in and out of a wren house and also have a very distinctive and beautiful song when they sing.

They are small but don't let their size fool you as they are a very feisty little bird!!

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