This bird has been reportedly found in the following regions:
Canoga Park, California Aurora, Illinois Rock Falls, Illinois Saint Joseph, Illinois Coatesville, Indiana Corunna, Indiana Yale, Iowa Hebron, Kentucky Baton Rouge, Louisiana Rockville, Maryland Brighton, Michigan Mattawan, Michigan Bolivar, Missouri Brunswick, Missouri Columbia, Missouri Conway, Missouri Saint Louis, Missouri Saint Robert, Missouri Springfield, Missouri Beachwood, New Jersey Marlton, New Jersey Sparta, New Jersey Himrod, New York Pekin, North Dakota Bucyrus, Ohio Galena, Ohio Gold Hill, Oregon Lewisburg, Pennsylvania Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Austin, Texas Manchester Center, Vermont Fredericksburg, Virginia Racine, Wisconsin
On Dec 31, 2008, Mrs_Ed from Whiteside County, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:
Summer birds only here in northwest Illinois. I really enjoy their loud chatter and song in the summer. They are competitors to other cavity nesters though, as they will pierce the eggs and/or toss them on the ground.
I put up bird houses this year and adopted a wren I nicknamed Lonesome George pretty quickly. He quickly went about building false nests in all of them and called loudly for several weeks until a female appeared. At first I found him to be a pest, trying to take over all the birdhouses, but after some house sparrows occupied one of them, I appreciated George the wren, who persistantly kept tearing the sparrows nest up, making life very hard for them. I had wanted bluebirds, but I'm glad they never appeared because George probably would have killed their babies like the sparrows. The wrens left in early August with their babies, but I look forward to him coming back next year. I hope he does.
They didn't bother my finches at all.
Mixed feelings- although I enjoyed watching the nest building and rearing of the young, these birds are very protective and territorial. I had a thistle seed feeder in the yard and they would not let any bird near it (despite the fact they have no interest in the seed). One amusing side note- they didn't tolerate the chipmonks either- I watched a couple of the chipmonks get "wing-punched" and pecked by both wren parents- they couldn't run away fast enough.
If you like the wrens, that's great, but understand that during the nesting season, they may be the only bird you see in your yard. They were fun to watch, but I don't think I'll encourage them next year. I missed seeing the goldfinches at the thistle seed feeder.
On Aug 15, 2012, Chillybean from Near Central, IA (Zone 5a) wrote:
I am mixed, too, because of their bad bird habits. But yet I enjoy their song and their bouncy ways.
We rarely see these birds all summer, but sometimes early in the breeding season and most often late July through August. This is the first year we've seen any of their destruction. We found a pierced Mourning Dove egg.
This is our first year to have a nesting box up, but the only interested party was a pair of Tree Sparrows and even then, they moved on after checking it out. It is between our driveway and pasture, and there's no real close by trees.
Last year a male made a dummy nest in an old Barn Swallow nest above our front door.