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Wednesday, February 10, 2021

First Winter Sighting: A Little Wren

Little Jenny Wren
I went out to Ace Hardware yesterday and picked up two suet cakes and they created no bird activity whatsoever. My feathered friends didn't seem at all interested in this rare treat. Installing it was no easy task either. But today I spotted one of my favorite summer birds pecking away. The little house wren found the suet and knew just what to do. Then a Downy Woodpecker followed suit and was able to latch on as well. I honestly thought there would be a flurry of activity but I was wrong. I didn't realize the wrens were year-round residents but I guess they are hardy little birds. I hope Jenny returns soon. Click my photo to enlarge. xo

6 comments:

Pam said...

I'm always amazed by the tenacity of birds. They're so small and appear fragile, but they're not. We have lots of evergreen shrubs that produce berries and provide shelter for the birds and we saw a pair of bluebirds yesterday. I didn't know they stayed for our Midwest winters. Your little wren sure is pretty.

Content in a Cottage said...

Pam -- A winter bluebird sighting is a wonderful thing. I see them from time to time but not often enough. I have lots of shelter for my birds being next to wooded parkland. I hope my little wren will spread the word about the suet! I'm glad you like her. xo, Rosemary

Anita ~ the cabin on the creek said...

Your little wren friend is just beautiful. I have been having a wren come to the table on my front porch, which is just outside my window where my desk sits. I think she might be looking for berries. But your suet gave me a great idea because there are plenty of woodpeckers on my woodsy property. I will get some to put on trees where I can watch from a couple of windows where I sit to just watch nature. I only see bluebirds in early spring, again on my front porch, but they head to sunnier places to nest.

...all is grace!

Franki said...

We too have Wrens year round. Delightful if a bit scrappy little birds. We have to replace suet cake every other day here! Lots of woodpeckers including Pileated and they can go through a cake in short order. Don forget this weekend is the Great Backyard Bird Count. Log onto the Cornell or Audubon site for instructions on how to participate. Information is important and it is a good time to sit quietly and enjoy the birds!

Content in a Cottage said...

Franki -- I am not getting very much activity at my suet cake. Maybe it's in the wrong location. I would be thrilled beyond words to have a Pileated Woodpecker visit me. Thanks for the reminder about the Great Backyard Bird Count.
xo, Rosemary

Content in a Cottage said...

Anita, the cabin on the creek -- Ace Hardware had suet cakes on sale for 69 cents this week so I picked up a couple. About nesting bluebirds: they need a birdbox located in a special place with sparse vegetation so they can swoop down and catch insects without any obstacles. They love open fields the best. They are my favorite birds. I hope your suet cakes on trees bring you many birds to watch from your windows.
xo, Rosemary