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The small, but loud Carolina wren: photography challenge day 69 (slightly late)

So this was suppose to be the picture that was posted last night, but there were issues with the WiFi and internet connection–so it’s a day late. I’m still calling it day 69, as I did try to post last night.

Carolina wren in front of the wood holder.

The Carolina wren is a small wren species that is common in most of the eastern parts of the United States. These wrens like to make their nests in hanging plants, empty flowerpots that have been forgotten and left in a corner, or they may make use of nesting boxes. We’ve had them make nests in hanging plants, and various other things hanging on the house (including gardening equipment). Lately they’ve been around the brush piles that we have on the other side of the fence.

The wren deciding to check out under the wood.

Both sexes look similar—having an reddish-brown back, with a orange chest. They also have a long eyebrow stripe, and white chin and throat.

Carolina wren deciding to check out the top of the wood.

If you’ve heard a Carolina wren sing—you know that they have a very good set of lungs for being such a small bird. Though—it’s only the male (usually) that sings that loud song.

Carolina wrens mate for life, once the pair bond is formed they will stay in their territory year round, and forage together as well. These bird feed primarily on insects (such as caterpillars, beetles, grasshoppers, and true bugs [to name a few]) and spiders. They can also be found on suet feeders grabbing nuts (especially in the winter months), and eating berries as well.

Carolina wren debating on whether or not to go back into the wood pile.

They usually have two broods per year (usually five to six eggs), with the female incubating the eggs. The male may bring the female food during this time (incubation usually ranges about two weeks). The young (which are then fed by both parents) usually leave the nest about two weeks after hatching.


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A white breasted nuthatch on the suet feeder: Photography Challenge Day 41

White breasted nuthatch

The white-breasted nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis), is a small compact bird that has a short tail with a sharply pointed bill. This bird is compact that clingy to tree bark and moves up and down and around the trees.

The white breasted nuthatch is a year long resident that visits the various feeders in the yard. These birds eat mostly insects (and spiders) during the spring and summer. They supplement their diets with seeds during the colder months. The adults also feed at suet feeders as well (as shown in the picture). The diet of the young is entirely insects and spiders.

The nuthatches nest in large cavities or abandoned woodpecker holes. The females make a simple nest of bark, grasses, twigs, and hairs. They have a brood of five to nine, and the female incubates the eggs (and is fed by the male) for the approximate two weeks. It is though that the young leave the nest anywhere from two to four weeks after hatching.



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