Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Winter Home




A chattering noise drew my attention to the front porch the other day.  

A Carolina Wren peered out from between the logs of the wood pile.




Carolina Wren on Woodpile


It flitted around the stack of wood looking for some juicy morel to eat, then paused to preen.


Carolina Wren on sunflower seed head

Carolina wrens have made themselves at home on our front porch over the years, often raising their young in an old basket that hangs there.  Three years ago, when I hung a sunflower seed head from the porch eves to feed the birds, the titmice cleaned out every seed, but two wrens made their winter shelter in the small cavity in the underside of the seed head.

They came the following winter, and last week, when the weather turned cold, they were back again, flying in at dusk to tuck into their winter home.


Carolina Wren on woodpile

It's nice to think of providing shelter for these pert little beauties,

but if we think about property rights,

their forebears were probably here long before we were.


Carolina Wren



Linking with Wild Bird Wednesday




Male Cardinal


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20 comments:

HansHB said...

Lovely post for WBW!

S. Etole said...

What a fun little bird. Such pretty patterns in her wing spread.

Gunilla B├Ąck said...

Adorable little thing!

mick said...

Great photos of very beautiful little birds. You are very fortunate to have them come so close to you.

TexWisGirl said...

those wrens are so stinking CUTE! :) your cardinal is gorgeous, too!

eileeninmd said...

I love the cute wrens, great shots! Have a great evening and week ahead!

Lisa Gordon said...

How tiny she is, and she is just precious, Connie!

Madge Bloom said...

sweet little birdie!

Brian King said...

How cool! I love the spread wing feathers! Beautiful shots!

Dave said...

Really well captured in all of these images, however I really like the preening shot, lovely post.

Kerri Farley said...

LOVE your little wren.....and your store is beautiful!!

Ginney Camden said...

What a sweet little bird. They are so trusting to make their home so close to our own. I just love the sight of a woodpile. It speaks to me of hot chocolate, mittens and long winter nights so cosy inside while the snow drifts down.

Andrea said...

The Carolina Wren doesn't come around here as a rule. A few winters ago I had one at my feeders and he stayed all winter. I was hoping he would stay, but since there are no mates for him to join up with it was necessary for him to leave and find where he belonged. Your Wren pictures brought those memories back. I used to put out meal worms for him and he gobbled them up as fast as I could put them out. They are adorable ... Loved these pictures.

Andrea @ From The Sol

bailey-road.com said...

They are the most adorable little birds.

ladyfi said...

What delightful shots!

Our photos said...

What a beautiful photos of a little bird.
Greetings from Holland

Anne (cornucopia) said...

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Mary Howell Cromer said...

Gorgeous little Wren photos and the Cardinal is absolutely wonderful!!!

Stewart M said...

Nice little hiding place the wren has found - hope he (she?) does not mind when your burn the logs!!

Splendid pictures.


Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Barb Brookbank said...

So enchanting!