How to Attract House Wrens to Your Yard

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Wrens love to perch in small shrubs and bushes

To attract small birds like wrens to your yard, you will want to provide them with plenty of places to find food, shelter and nest-making supplies.

If you are an avid gardener, it’s quite easy to make sure the birds will be attracted to your yard. House wrens received their name because they are naturally attracted to people’s homes and especially their gardens. But even a city dweller can attract wrens to their home by adding places for the birds to eat, drink and builds their nests.

What Do Wrens Eat?

The house wren’s diet consists mostly of insects. This includes beetles, grasshoppers, crickets, flies, moths, spiders and even the occasional snail. Lush garden areas can be an excellent source of food since they attract plenty insects for the birds to eat. Trees and shrubs will also provide an excellent hunting ground for insects. The wrens will forage for insects in tall grasses, tree bark and fallen leaves.

Bird bath in a garden setting

Having a ready source of water is another good way to attract wrens

Another way to attract wrens to your backyard is by providing plenty of water. Wrens are thirsty birds, so adding a water feature or bird bath is a great way to invite the birds over and encourage them to stay.

Nesting Habits

Wrens builds their nests from small twigs, plant material, animal hair and even their own discarded feathers. The fine twigs and grasses strewn across your landscape are a perfect source of materials for the wrens to build their nests.

Wrens prefer an area where there is plenty of shelter for them to hide from predators while they are out foraging. Shelter is provided in the form of trees, bushes or manmade structures such as barns, sheds or garages.

Did you know the male wren will build several nests nearby to let the female choose her location? He will then sing to the females and invite them to move in. Experts suggest hanging three wren houses within 20-50 feet of each other. This will help to make your yard more attractive to males looking to build nests and offer plenty of options to potential mates.

Attracting Wrens to Your Home

Navy and white wren house haning in garden setting

Wrens feel right at home in a yard with plenty of trees and gardens

By creating a landscape with plenty of trees, bushes and lush gardens, you will attract the birds and make it easy for them to make their home in your backyard. If you hang a few wren houses within your garden setting, you can make it even easier to attract nesting birds.

And since the wrens will return to the same nest year after year, once they have made your yard their home, you will be rewarded with these bubbly little song birds year after year.