Carolina Wren

One of our backyard residents is pictured below. How can someone so tiny make so much sound?

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Carolina Wren

Click here to listen to some typical Carolina Wren sounds. They love to sing and are not easily startled. I see them — and definitely hear them — year round here in Austin They spend a lot of time near my compost bin which isn’t too surprising since they are insectivores.

Carolina Wren
Carolina Wren
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8 thoughts on “Carolina Wren

  1. We have a lot of wrens here, too. They are cheerful singers. One thing they will do is build nests in all available birdhouses, even those they don’t plan on using. I wondered about this, but then I read that they do this is to keep other birds from building in those places. I guess they don’t like close neighbors!

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  2. Great post – superb photos – these busy little birds aren’t easy to catch. Not like they sit still for the camera.

    We think wrens are great and love that they are year round residents. They fuss-fuss-fuss at us when we get out too close to their nests or young. And they’ll nest anywhere that sits still for a few hours at a time – including our daughter’s car bumper one year. We were sorry to have to undo their nest building but just knew they wouldn’t be OK long run with their nest traveling around town. They’ve started nests in shoes kept out in the garage for gardening – in a shopping bag filled with bulbs (also hanging in the garage). They are nest innovators – no question. So much chutzpah in such a little bird.

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    1. Oh! That’s a great story. I do find little abandoned nests all the time. I wonder now if they were made by wrens. =)

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  3. Thanks for the links! Do these little guys make the peter-peter-peter song too? I hear that quite often in my yard but have yet to lay eyes on the bird as it sings in order to ID it.

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    1. I hear those guys all the time, too. I am not sure but I think it is the tufted titmouse that sings peter-peter-peter. They are the little guys with a pointy head like a cardinal but much smaller and grey. They always look happy and perky. And they are super curious. They sometimes try to peak into the window. I’d love to get some pictures of them.

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      1. Thanks for this! From what I read about the tufted titmouse, they are active at feeders. I have never seen one in my 35 plus years of bird watching!

        OK, that explains it – I just read my field guide – I live just beyond their range.

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