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TABLE 1.--Number of house wren nest boxes established at the study site and the proportion of those boxes used by wrens Year Number of boxes Proportion of boxes used 2000 80 0.24 2001 42 0.36 2009 40 0.28 2010 38 0.03
Stand basal area and the distance of the nest box to the nearest clearing influenced house wren occupancy of nest boxes, however it did not influence occupancy or nest success of Bewick's wrens.
1996), other nest associates found in House Wren nests included fleas (Siphonaptera), psocids (Psocoptera), jumping spiders (Salticidae), and ants (Hymenoptera), Psocids appeared in most nests in low numbers, but were not counted.
2004 two House Wren eggs were found while monitoring an active nest box that was known to be occupied by a pair of House Wrens.
but seven (Turkey Vulture, House Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Gray Catbird, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Palm Warbler, and Common Yellowthroat).
Predation was attributed to a mammal if disturbance was obvious (rips, tears, disturbed contents) and to an unknown source (potentially snake, mouse, or other House Wren) if no disturbance was obvious but eggs or nestlings had vanished.
House Wren food supply was experimentally increased, which potentially reduced the energy demands on adults.
One problem is that a male house wren will fill every box in his territory with sticks to keep other birds away.
Instead, Wolfe writes, it comes "from the sentiments the viewer hauls along to it, like so much mental baggage." As a result, when a birder examines a paint- ing of a house wren gathering nesting material, or when a fly fisherman looks at a rainbow trout portrait, only some of the power of those works of art can be attributed to the people who created them; a lot of the impact of the paintings is found in the memories they conjure up in the viewers.
In September 1988, I set up wooden nest boxes (inside dimensions 10 x 10 x 12.5 cm, with 2.8 cm diameter holes) in 50 House Wren territories.
While many birds curtail, so to speak, their nesting efforts during the summer, the house wren does not.
"I've got my cardinals, my chickadees, and white-breasted nut hatches and house finches, house sparrow and house wrens," he says.