These little brown puffy feather balls are SO cute and we are lucky enough to get to enjoy them year-round here in Western Mass. I decided to start my daily bird series with this bird because one was literally laying inside the feeder, waiting for me, at 7am today. I currently have a cute couple that visits many times daily. They are small, and puffy and with brown feathers with white spots at the ends. They have a kind of big beak for their little bodies that curves downward. They have white areas on their throat and under their eyes and a cream-colored chest. They also have a distinctive white line over their eyes. They have a long tail that stays upright while they hop around!
Carolina Wrens like to eat meal worms and suet for the most part. They will eat lots of bugs in the warmer weather. These cuties actually depend on us a lot to feed them in the winter and their numbers have declines somewhat in recent years. They have a lot of really neat sounds they make that are quite loud for such a little bird! Here is the link to my audio from my eBird from September 25th. You will hear the easily recognizable song that 2 Carolina Wrens are sing loudly to each other and one of their 5 calls on this clip.
I also included another call I recorded on 9/21/21. These both were recorded on Soule Road in Wilbraham.
These wrens live near wooded areas generally and like to hang out in shrubs and under things like decks. They raise 3 sets of babies yearly if they are lucky. They will build little nests that look like cups with twigs and leaves. They also like to nest inside things like planters, mailboxes and shoes! They will lay 4-8 creamy/whitish eggs with brown speckles each time. I had some babies this past year that were flitting all over my deck! VERY cute! They look like mini Carolina Wrens with stubby tails LOL. My son used to like to argue with me and say that the Carolina Wrens were Winter Wrens because they are here in the winter. So, there actually are Winter Wrens and we do have them locally. They are much less common though, and look and sound different. I will be introducing the Winter (and House) Wrens another day.