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January 21, 2014 / Rae Spencer

Carolina Wrens

Carolina Wren Jan 16

Carolina Wrens are rare visitors in the yard, so I was excited to see a pair of them last week.

Carolina Wren Jan 15

With vivid eyebrows and down-curved bills, these little wrens always look a bit grumpy to me. They are active foragers, and the pair in our yard spent hours sifting through the iris beds in search of insects. They tossed leaves and other wintry debris out of the beds as they hunted, and I couldn’t help imagining a dialogue of fussy disapproval.

Carolina Wren Jan 15

“Just look at these irises! Have you ever seen such?”

Carolina Wren Jan 15

“Never! They’re buried in leaves!”

Carolina Wren Jan 14

I was tempted, watching the wrens, to pull on my gloves and give the iris beds a thorough cleaning. But winter is far from over, and the irises need their blanket of leaves. Especially on nights like tonight, when wind-driven snow is swirling through the yard…

2 Comments

  1. Jeanette Gallagher / Jan 21 2014 10:36 PM

    I love your wrens and their ‘dialogue!’ Great pictures! You amaze me with your camera!!!

  2. mylatinnotebook / Jan 23 2014 8:24 AM

    Just got back from the States where I made the acquaintance of these characters. They seemed a bit bolder that the ones who trip around the yard here in t he UK

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