Written by an area Landscape Architect and birdwatcher with over 30 years of experience with landscaping in north Texas: what works and what doesn't. Emphasis on attracting birds to north Texas yards, and reducing required yard maintenance. Tips, trivia and proven advice for a natural, low-cost approach for this unique and sensitive part of the country.
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Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Wrens have a tough time making up their minds
Wrens in nest bottle
Before selecting a mate, a male Wren locates four or five possible nest sites, and seeds each of the areas with lots of sticks and other nest-building materials. Then he chooses a mate. The mate/female then chooses the best nesting site and builds the real nest, using the materials put there by the male.
She'll lay 4 to 8 eggs but, like all birds, won't begin sitting on them ("incubating") until the last one's laid. That way they're all hatched at the same time.