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Post by bpaquet on Mon Jul 30, 2012 8:54 pm

I notice that mom wren has a couple different calls. She has a melodious song that she sings when she sits in the tree near the barn door, and she has a SQUAWK that she uses when she thinks someone is bugging her babies.
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Post by Sue Short on Mon Jul 30, 2012 9:25 pm



Birds, especially jays and mockingbirds have interesting calls. Jays actually have a sweet call
when they're not squawking at something, usually they are squawking at something. Same with
mockingbirds.
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Post by fiffur on Tue Jul 31, 2012 11:37 am

I know wrens can be loud, since that's what nested in my birdhouse last year. Amazing how powerful those tiny lungs they have can be. My babies last year were so loud I couldn't hear the tv weather report with the patio door closed. Shocked
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Post by bpaquet on Tue Jul 31, 2012 8:35 pm

Everyone has been pretty quiet today. The clouds were just keeping everyone kind of sleepy, I guess. I wonder if the babies will show off during flying lessons. The last few wren families fledged and left without any notice. These little ones are in a more noticeable location, so maybe I'll get to watch.
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Post by Suzzzz on Tue Jul 31, 2012 8:40 pm

Good luck, Becky. That should be a fine, if brief, show!
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Post by fiffur on Wed Aug 01, 2012 12:05 pm

If you keep a very close eye on that bag you just might get to see at least one of them learn how. I managed to catch three out of five of my lil ones last year taking their first flight........what an experience.
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Post by ARNIgal on Wed Aug 01, 2012 1:33 pm

I can't wait to see stories on here about them learning how to fly :-) Do you suppose they'll be flying in a couple weeks?
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Post by bpaquet on Thu Aug 02, 2012 8:48 pm

They might be. Birds grow up quickly. My trainer has about 7 families of swallows in her barn aisle. The babies go from completely naked and helpless to flying in about a month. The parents usually raise 2 or 3 clutches of kids. I have a feeling that this is the second round for "my" wrens.

I'll let you know if I see flying lessons. I've been getting home from work too late. Everyone is tucked into the nest by the time I get to the barn. Weekends will be different though.
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Post by fiffur on Fri Aug 03, 2012 12:41 pm

It won't be long, my lil ones were gone by the time 4 weeks had gone by from hatching to fledging. I was just lucky enough to see the last 3 go. Only took half an hour.
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Post by bpaquet on Sun Aug 05, 2012 5:12 pm

I think they might have snuck out and fledged when I wasn't looking. The nest is awfully quiet and I haven't seen mom in the barn all weekend. Sneaky little things if they did fledge and move out already. I'm in there every day. You'd think they would have at least made some noise when they were learning to fly.
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Post by Suzzzz on Sun Aug 05, 2012 7:48 pm

Poo! We missed it! Maybe not -- maybe they're learning to be quiet when you're there. Aw, who am I kidding? Wrens are never quiet! Ah, well, I suppose it's as it should be. They certainly don't need us observing them to make their lives complete. It's only us who feel we're missing out. Sad I love you
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Post by fiffur on Mon Aug 06, 2012 1:03 pm

So sorry you missed them flying off. Might want a video camera set with a motion detector next time, to catch the action even if you're not there (kinda like the ones they use on the wildlife shows). Anyone know how much a lil vid camera costs these days?

And momma wren may have another batch of lil ones before this summer is over in your neck of the woods. Any bets on where she builds a nest next?
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Post by ARNIgal on Mon Aug 06, 2012 2:06 pm

Ooooohhhh...! A webcam on this one would be so much fun to watch! :-)
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Post by Suzzzz on Mon Aug 06, 2012 8:58 pm

Becky, you could be the next Marlin Perkins. Wild Barn Kingdom! TV Happy
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Post by bpaquet on Mon Aug 06, 2012 9:18 pm

Heehee! I haven't thought about him in years. Wild Kingdom used to be one of my favorite shows!
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Post by ARNIgal on Tue Aug 07, 2012 2:57 pm

That would be a fun one to watch! Razz
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Post by fiffur on Wed Aug 08, 2012 11:53 am

I used to love that show. Wild Barn Kingdom......hehehehe......I'd watch that. Very Happy
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Post by bpaquet on Wed Aug 08, 2012 9:24 pm

Today's episode would have shown a chickadee and a cardinal flying through the aisle. They weren't stopping. I think they were on the hunt for dropped horse food or cat food. We haven't had cat food in the barn in years, but the horses sometimes drop a pellet or two. Birds love that stuff.
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Post by fiffur on Thu Aug 09, 2012 11:42 am

I didn't know birds would eat horsie pelleted food.
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Post by ARNIgal on Thu Aug 09, 2012 2:35 pm

Chickadees would go after something so big Question
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Post by Sue Short on Thu Aug 09, 2012 6:10 pm


I've seen sparrows and other seed eating birds pick through the poop
and hang out around grain buckets.
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Post by bpaquet on Thu Aug 09, 2012 7:33 pm

Cardinals eat everything too. They used to sit next to the cat food bowl and peck pieces.
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Post by Sue Short on Thu Aug 09, 2012 7:42 pm



I didn't know that.
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Post by Suzzzz on Thu Aug 09, 2012 8:02 pm

Civilization, my friends. Rolling Eyes Any self respecting urbanish bird who eats seed or grain is going to try a feed pellet.
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Post by fiffur on Fri Aug 10, 2012 11:55 am

Well, urban birds are good at adapting to new current food sources. Picking through poo though..............ewwww. Urp Good thing they don't have many taste buds.
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