Migrating House Wren at Bear River MBR

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House Wren at Bear RiverHouse Wren at Bear River – Nikon D810, f8, 1/1250, ISO 500, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

I am very used to seeing and hearing Marsh Wrens at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge because they are there more or less all year long and they delight me with their songs and somewhat pugnacious behaviors.

Last August I was a bit surprised to see a House Wren at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge from the auto tour loop around the marshes there. I had been photographing Marsh Wrens when this House Wren popped up into my view.

I suspect that this House Wren was probably just migrating through the Great Basin hub of the Pacific flyway on its way to its wintering grounds because the habitat at the refuge isn’t what House Wrens usually prefer.

House Wrens are a very common bird in the Western Hemisphere and are secondary cavity nesters that use old woodpecker or sapsucker nesting cavities to raise their young and they will also nest in man made nest boxes.

This wren didn’t sing but I do enjoy hearing their calls and songs while I photograph them in other locations.

I hope to find more House Wrens to photograph and observe this year and their calls can help me locate them quite easily. Hearing their calls and then seeing them is how I found a wonderful aspen that had several nesting cavities that other species of birds also used to raise their young in Clark County, Idaho. I know that birders often use their ears to locate birds and so does this bird photographer.

Life is good.



  1. Utahbooklover May 9, 2016 at 11:21 am

    I always enjoy your posts Mia, and appreciate it when you include a song recording.

  2. Elephant's Child May 6, 2016 at 3:25 pm

    An alert charmer. Thank you.

  3. Larry Muench May 6, 2016 at 10:58 am

    It was great seeing you and Ron at the refuge yesterday. It was a good day for photos with lots of willing subjects. Maybe you already knew it but we also saw the last thing I expected out there–a turkey (just below the maint sheds on the south side by the river)!

  4. Patty Chadwick May 6, 2016 at 8:11 am

    Great photo!!! You really got the perfect image of this bird! Love the detail!

  5. Bob McPherson May 6, 2016 at 7:00 am

    Beautiful photo Mia. Have regular “Backyard Wrens” Here.

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