[TN-Bird] Winter Wren in house... AGAIN! (Henry County)

  • From: Shawna Ellis <yodergoat@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: Tn Bird List <tn-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2015 00:25:53 -0600

For the second time this year, we've had a Winter Wren (probably the
same bird) fly into the house. On Saturday, we had opened a window
(with no screen) for several minutes to let some smoke out after a
burned meal. Within a few minutes of being open, the wren flew in, and
narrowly avoided being caught by our young housecat. I imagine this is
the same bird as we've had indoors earlier this year and also once
last year, as it followed the same pattern of flight from one window
to another and then into another room. We steered it toward the open
window from whence it came and it eventually flew out.

I had seen this bird earlier in the day hopping around and under the
front porch just a few feet from our front door.

I enjoy how Winter Wrens come close to human structures, but I am
beginning to wonder about this particular bird! Does anyone else have
recurring Winter Wren home invasions? Last time it came in while we
were carrying in groceries, and the time before that while we were
bringing a new washing machine into the house. I think this is its
first window entry.

I'll add it to the list of other birds which have come indoors. In the
summer of 1996 we had a male and female Eastern Bluebird trapped in
our woodstove, apparently having thought the chimney was a good
nesting spot. They were ashy but unharmed. Not long afterward, a
European Starling came in the chimney (no longer connected to s
woodstove) on several consecutive mornings, awakening me with a flurry
of wingbeats which panicked my Meyer's Parrot. And one day while we
were in the kitchen, a Gray Catbird flew into the open window, made a
couple circuits of the room, and flew back out the same window.

Shawna Ellis
Paris, Henry County
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