Twice already this week I have heard a male Bewick’s Wren singing from the bushes that line the front of our home. Yesterday that male was accompanied by a second bird that most likely was a female. It might have been his mate from last summer as they can encounter one another during the winter. Males will sing any time of the year to underline their ownership of a territory. These birds here in Oregon do not migrate.Above is the bird in our garden. Below is a Bewick’s I found at Wennerberg Park earlier this month.
Birds of North America online tells this sad story of the Bewick’s Wren:
“Today, the species has all but disappeared east of the Mississippi River and has declined in western parts of its range. Hypotheses to explain these declines include competition with the European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris), House Sparrow (Passer domesticus), Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus), and Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia); the use of pesticides on agricultural lands… declines appear most likely due to competition from the nest-destroying House Wren (Troglodytes aedon) whose range expansion has accompanied the quiet exit of Bewick’s Wren.”