Sunday, January 10, 2010

Carolina Wren

Carolina Wrens are one of my favorite winter residents. They are right up there with Chickadees and Nuthatches for me. Part of their attraction has to be that they are accessible, yet not gregarious. They don't sit at the tops of trees, they crawl through brush piles, offering nice glimpses. A pair will come to a feeder, but there is never a flock of wrens. You don't see them from your car, but they are never hard to find in a woodlot. They also seem to cheerfully stick out the cold weather. It is pretty amazing to me that four quarters weighs more than an adult Carolina Wren (21g). Carolina Wrens have a wide variety of calls, besides their 'tea kettle' song. Learning these solves a lot of mystery noises.

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