House Wren

1/1000s at f5.6 ISO:400, Canon Mark III 1Ds w/800mm

The House Wren is a very small songbird of the wren family. It occurs from Canada to southernmost South America. In North America, the House Wren is thought to achieve the highest density in floodplain forests in the western Great Plains where it uses woodpecker holes as nesting sites. In South and Central American it can be found in virtually any habitat. North American birds migrate to the southern United States and Mexico for winter. Most return to the breeding grounds in late April to May, and leave for winter quarters again around September to early October. They usually construct a large cup nest in various sorts of cavities; they may be natural or man-made, often using birdhouses. The clutch is usually between two and eight red-blotched cream-white eggs. Incubation takes around 12-19 days, fledging another 15-19 days. Both parents are feeding them.
Medicine Creek, NE