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A Yard for the Birds

Updated on November 16, 2015

Trees Full of Singing Birds

We know you are in there, we hear your song. Come out where we can see you, quit hiding all day long.

You are slim, plain brown, with all white eyebrow, long thin down curved bill, long, brown tail with fine dark bands above, black and white edging, At the tip of your wings.. Often flicks tail from side to side. Your relatives our house Wren, marsh Wren. You love to frequent in backyards you love the forest edge open habitats at lower elevations including hedgerows, thickets, areas near human habitation.

You like insects best some berries in dense undergrowth, you love to attack the bark bouncing on larger limbs, and we get to see you when you hop around on the ground eating the seed fell from the feeders. We hear you tweeting inhale, waking up from your sleep in the bushes and you'd like to little houses we make for you.

Have Wrens Come Into Your Life?

Wrens are Resourceful and Bold, showing up to sing from sun up to sun set.

Native American Lore

To the Pawnee Indians the wren is the laughing bird or the happy bird. The bird is love because it greets the sun with a morning song despite

the fact it is a such a small bird.

The Cherokee thought that the Wren got up early in the morning to report the latest news to the Council of the birds.

Telling them even, about the sex of any new babies which had been born.

Wrens Upon A Hill

We Hear Your Cheery Song

We listen to you sing songs like the sparrow. We love your short tweets, your sharp little scolding harsh notes, and jik, hik, sounds.

You Sing with confidence, loud and strong, we love to listen to you all day long.

The tiny wrens sings all year long. Their song is not simply part of a mating ritual. since the bird also bubble trills, whistle notes, sound like nasal mewing, and chit, chit warble to alert one another to where they are at. It is beautiful to hear pairs singing duets. If you listen, to the wrens, you'll start to notice the question and answer responses from pairs of birds chattering and singing to another.

They camouflage quite well with their plain brown markings but they often give themselves away either by their harsh chattering scoldings or by their melody like singing. The tiny wren sings so loud it makes us wonder how such a small little bird can make such a racket.

How the Wren got its Feathers

Once upon a time, the Wren, noticed mankind didn't know about the gift of fire, decided that she would find some in heaven, and bring it back to earth.

She was struggling through the little hole between the 2 worlds, carrying the precious burden of a few flames, a little wren scorched herself and lost quite a few were feathers. All the other birds decided to give a feather, so she wouldn't be without. She was still left the brand with a tiny flash of red.

The wren is tiny, is usually the last than 4 inches long. When seen from behind and relatively close-up, the wren has a reddish appearance and is this which has given it a reputation of being one of the birds responsible for bringing fire to mankind.

We love wrens for their beautiful music that wakes us every morning, and puts us to sleep at night. We hear you more than see you. Every once in awhile we are filled with delight as we see you scratching and feeding. We love to catch the sound of you high up in the trees, singing some of the happiest songs, the way you warble back and forth, happy in the sunny breeze.

You Are So Tiny

Of course I am a Wren

The King of the birds is the Wren. Robins have always been closely associated to Wrens,with the pair being married or related in some way. It is true that they occupy similar habitats.

Many countries share the belief that the wren is the king of all birds despite its tiny little size and modest demure. The real king of the birds is said to be the gold crested wren, verily announcing way, who is known to travel about cupped into the fluffy feathers between the back wings of an owl.

There is a popular legend as to how the wren got a status. The eagle talons all the birds tour race, to determine who should be the King. But the wren was so small that the Eagle didn't even bother asking him to participate. The wren, far from being insulted, thought that this was quite funny, and soon she knew what to do.

The eagle, of course, flew faster and higher than all the other birds, and as he reached the summit of this performance he shouted out, I am the king, I am the king of all birds!

However, just as he was about to begin his swoop back down the mountain top, the Wren popped out from underneath the magnificent rough of feathers around the Eagles neck, and flew just that little bit higher, showing his mindful wisdom over physical strength and size. As a consequence of the Wrens victory, the angry eagle flew up into the air with the Wren and dropped him from some great height, hoping to destroy him, no doubt. But of course,the wren was fine. Since then he has gone about with only half a tail, which was said to have been damaged in the fall.

This explains why the wren iis not able to fly terribly high, that is, unless he hides in the feathers of a bigger bird.

Another version of the story has a similar contest to see who should be King, except this time the bird who flies the lowest, will be the winner. Once again the wren is triumphant, since it is small enough to be able to fly down a mouse hole!

This little Wren, a Key Bird in Divination

We can hear you up there little Wrens
We can hear you up there little Wrens | Source

Wrens Are Royal

As well as its royal status, the wren is also held to be sacred in many belief systems, and, in particular, is one of the birds rendered by the Druids.

The wren plays a large role in stories of mystery and magic from ancient pre-Christian times, and was said in Irish tradition to do to be a sorcerer among birds.

In Celtic times Druid bards would work in cloaks made from native bird skins and feathers.

There are medieval texts containing detailed descriptions of what each movement of a Wren could foretell, so important was this bird for Druids.

What is Your Favorite Wren?

Everywhere was considered that one of the most unlucky things to do was to kill a Wren.

We come to a very great paradox. Once a year could also be that the killing of the wren is symbolic of the ending of winter in the making way for the coming of the spring.

The wren inhabits shrubberies and hedges, hides on the ground cover, like low cedar limbs. She cannot easily be caught. It is less shy at singing, people love to listen to it. Wrens endowed with great ability of getting food and knowledge of its way around safely from cats, sings warnings, quite a captivating bird.

What bird would you be? A Wren because there are a lot of us, and we are good at going unnoticed.

Thank You For Your Song - Little Birds Hiding In the Trees

Thank You For Your Song Little Birds Hiding In the Trees
Thank You For Your Song Little Birds Hiding In the Trees

What are the best birds for house pets?

Not A Wren, nor a hummingbird, we like them better outside anyway.

© 2012 MJ Martin aka Ruby H Rose

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    MJ Martin aka Ruby H Rose 2 years ago from Washington State

    Right now the sweet little chickadees are the first to come to our feeders.

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    Giovanna Sanguinetti 2 years ago from London UK

    I love watching the birds too. We don't have hedgerows in our garden so we don't see wrens. Lovely hub.

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    MJ Martin aka Ruby H Rose 3 years ago from Washington State

    @favored: Birds are coming around again, welcome spring! It helps when I put feed out for them.

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    Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

    I spend a lot of time at my windows admiring the birds that come to visit. Just a few minutes ago I had four playing in the bird bath. The doves and robins come in the morning. All day long I'm blessed by such a variety.

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    MJ Martin aka Ruby H Rose 4 years ago from Washington State

    @kathysart: Thank you Kathy, yes, I truly am fascinated by the little creatures.

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    kathysart 4 years ago

    This is such a LOVELY lens.. it really is. I so appreciate your love and time to highlight the beauty of birds and their importance.

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    MJ Martin aka Ruby H Rose 4 years ago from Washington State

    @Sylvestermouse: Wrens are so fascinating, glad you like watching birds too, and enjoyed this lens.

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    Cynthia Sylvestermouse 4 years ago from United States

    I do love watching the birds in my yard! I enjoyed reading all of the facts and lore about Wrens. A nice way to start the day.

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    MJ Martin aka Ruby H Rose 4 years ago from Washington State

    Thanks Steve for commenting on my lens. I am delighted you enjoy birds too. They are always happy to me it seems.

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    SteveKaye 4 years ago

    Thank you for publishing this lens. I enjoy watching birds. They are fascinating creatures.

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    MJ Martin aka Ruby H Rose 4 years ago from Washington State

    Thanks ClassyGals for the Angel Blessings!

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    Cynthia Davis 4 years ago from Pittsburgh

    Lovely lens. Angel Blessings**