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Douglas Wipf

Rutland, MA, USA


Black-capped Chickadees evicted by House Wrens. Wrens constructing a nest on top of the mossy chickadee nest.


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House Wren Takeover

House Wren Takeover of Black-capped Chickadee Nest

5 responses to “House Wren Takeover”

  1. Robyn Bailey says:

    I had a chickadee nest that was recently taken over by a pair of Tree Swallows. I feel bad for the chickadees, but that’s nature.

  2. Andrew says:

    I had a House Wren do the same thing to my Titmouse nest two years in a row!

  3. Douglas Wipf says:

    This nest now has 6 House Wren eggs. At least they are using the nest box!

  4. Micah says:

    My brother had a house wren take over his Mountain chickadee nest, Then the same pare moved to my bird house, I have some photos of them. But I did not say this.

  5. Paul M. Delaware says:

    I have always had this problem with tree swallows taking over bluebird nest boxes. I have tried pairing boxes this year 25″ apart. They have traded back again………Interesting stuff to see what species will end up where.

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