Thursday, August 28, 2008

Carolina Wren

Carolina Wren's will build their nests in many unusual places. It's the male that prepares the nest. We can hear the ladies saying, "Mmmm hmm!" Last year's summer campers at the Audubon Center at Francis Beidler Forest watched as chicks were raised in the cigarette disposal container by the front door of the nature center. As in business, the saying holds true, "Location, location, location." As previously reported (1, 2, 3), the low, exposed nest was likely visited by a hungry Greenish Rat Snake (Elaphe obsoleta x quadrivittata). Despite that gaff (and all other male errors), a Carolina Wren pair remains together throughout the year on their permanent territory.

Image by Mark Musselman

Barbara Thomas, Audubon South Carolina staff, has a family of exceptionally literate Carolina Wrens (Thryothorus ludovicianus) residing outside of her St. George home. At least we assume that the birds are literate as they have taken up residence in the newspaper delivery box.

Images by Barbara Thomas

Do you have any images of odd Carolina Wren nesting sites?

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