Carolina Wrens are often heard not seen as their distinctive ‘teakettle,teakettle,teakettle’ (or ‘germany, germany germany’ or ‘tweedle, tweedle, tweedle’) rings out through forested areas and wooded backyards in the eastern U.S. Their voices can carry quite a distance so many are serenaded by these wrens singing their many verses from various perches around the neighborhood.
Click here to listen on the Audubon Guides website to some of their various songs and calls.
This wren species is quite attractive with buff to cinnamon colored plumage, a bold white eye stripe, long and down-curved bill, white throat, and more often than not with their tails cocked up in the air giving a good view of the distinctive horizontal bars underneath.
Carolina Wren is one of Birds and Blooms Magazine’s ‘Most Wanted Birds’. And Jill blogged about them last year so you can see more photos and read more about them on her blog.
Though where I live, which is in Colorado, is west of their range several Carolina Wrens ventured to a wooded area less than a quarter mile from my house. They stayed for several summers and at least one winter but apparently this location did not meet their needs as we haven’t seen them for a few years. I used to enjoy walking on the local trail through there and hearing them sing. I even heard them sing while I was working in my yard one time.
Now I have to be content with hearing them, and spotting them sometimes, when I travel further east. I understand that they are attracted to suet and peanut feeders in backyards.
Do you have them in your area?
Do they come to suet or other feeders in your yard?