This blog is about the thing we see outside our kitchen window as the year changes. The things that keep us looking when there are other things for us to do. Sometimes we dream of beautiful gardens where we see weeds and sometimes we see birds and wish we could fly away with nothing to do.
What do you see out your kitchen window?
The Carolina wren is one of the more brightly coloured wrens found in your backyard or at your feeder. With their bright cinnamon-coloured breast, darker brown body and white broad stripes over their eyes. they are easy to identify. When not at your feeder during Winter enjoying safflower and black sunflower seeds plus suet you will find them busily exploring brush piles and low tangled undergrowth. In Summer you will find them hunting insects like spiders, stick bugs, leafhoppers, beetles, grasshoppers, cockroaches, lizards and fruit.
The adult Carolina wrens live in pairs all year, and they may "duet" at any season, with the female giving a chattering note while the male sings. Together they are quite musical.
The fun thing about the Carolina wrens is where they build their nest. Old boots, pockets in an old jacket hug in a barn, watering cans, wooden boxes, under roofs, holes in a fence post, windowsills and just about any place that is open and 3 to 6 feet off the ground.
Together the Carolina wrens build a rather bulky nest made up of twigs, leaves and grass plus moss, aminal hair, and feathers. The nest is domed build so that the parents can enter it from both sides.
In the nest, you will find 5 to 6 white eggs with brown blotches on the larger end of the eggs. The female only will incubate the eggs for 12 to16 days while the male will bring her food. When hatched both parents will feed the young for 12 to 14 days. Each Carolina wren pair will nest 2 times a season except in the lower South where they may nest 3 times.
This very active small bird may find it hard to make it through Winter when snow is piled high and last for a long time. Providing one unsalted peanut to their diet of seed and suit will provide more than a third of their metabolic need. Using a platform or pan feeder makes it easy to add a few unsailed peanuts to other seeds.
The state bird of South Caroline with his teakettle, teakettle voice is a real charmer that lives along the East coast to mid-America and one you will want to get to know.
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