Tuesday, March 4, 2014

At The Feeders: Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)

March 4th, 2014. We installed a couple of log feeders in mid-December, 2013. Our inspiration came from a log feeder at the Ontario FeederWatch Cam sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology that was visited regularly by a Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus).  

Within a day or so of installation, Downy Woodpeckers (Picoides pubescens) began to feed at these logs and, within a few days, other birds began to investigate the logs. Carolina Wrens (Thryothorus ludovicianus) are regular visitors to these logs. 

Occasionally we can see Carolina Wrens foraging on the ground. 

A wren, about to fly up to one of the log feeders. 

On the log feeder,… 


They also feed at the suet block attached to the platform feeder.

Carolina Wrens arrive at the feeders soon after light and feed on-and-off throughout the day until dusk. 
These wrens are also fascinating because they will build nests and raise their young in close proximity to us.  Among they places they have build nests include the paper box by the road, on a drill press, under the cover on the top of an outboard motor, in a hanging plant, in boxes of screws and bolts, and in a camper. Wonder where they will nest this year?
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