Attracting a Nesting Bird: Carolina and House Wrens

Learn how to attract a nesting bird by picking the right nest box for Carolina and House Wrens.

It’s always neat to have a nesting bird in your yard, and Carolina and House Wrens are some of the most fun to attract. They are energetic songbirds with wonderful voices making them the perfect backyard companions. There are a couple things that you can do to be sure to have the perfect nesting box for these species:

Carolina Wrens are a very exciting species to have nesting in your backyard.Carolina Wrens are a very exciting species to have nesting in your backyard.
Carolina Wrens are a very exciting species to have nesting in your backyard.

1. Use a box with a 1 and 1/8″ hole. This is the perfect hole size for allowing these species nest in the box without having nuisance birds such as House Sparrows attempt to take over the house.

This Carolina Wren is roosting in a birdhouse with a hole that is much larger than it would choose for nesting season.This Carolina Wren is roosting in a birdhouse with a hole that is much larger than it would choose for nesting season.
This Carolina Wren is roosting in a birdhouse with a hole that is much larger than it would choose for nesting season.

2. These species do not require a lot of room to build their nests so a small box is okay to use.

3, As with all bird houses, be sure to clean out the house each fall. Once the last brood of the season has fledged, pull out all of the old nesting material.

4. You can increase your chance of attracting a pair of Carolina Wrens by creating a brush pile in your yard. This will give the wrens plenty of spots to hide should a predator approach their nest.

Rob Ripma
Rob Ripma, a lifelong Indiana resident, has traveled and birded extensively throughout the Americas.