|Thryothorus ludovicianus||Order: Passeriformes||Family: Troglodytidae (Wrens)|
Carolina Wrens are ostensibly non-migratory, but some birds do disperse northward in spring, so there are occasional records north of their range. (I once saw one in Port Wing, Wisconsin, all the way up on Lake Superior!) But they are not very hardy, so after harsh winters, northern birds disappear.
Their rich, ringing Teakettle! Teakettle! song provides an ethereal combination of loveliness and volume. Unlike other wrens in the genus Thryothorus, only the male Carolina Wren sings the loud song—in related species, both male and female sing together. One captive Carolina Wren sang almost 3,000 songs in a single day!
Pairs may form at any time of year, and the birds then remain together as long as they both shall live, hanging out together all day, every day, year-round, but when one dies, the other does find a new mate.
Laura's Published Works
- Kasey 2020
- Marie's Birds 2020
- Birding in the Tiniest State 2019
- Susan's Favorite Bird: Carolina Wren 2018
- Spring Update 2018
- High Plains Snow Goose Festival 2017
- Poems by J. Drew Lanham 2016
- Woodstock 2011
- Contentment 2008
- Carolina Wren (from Arkansas) 2006
- Homesickness (from Arkansas) 2006
- Rhythms of Nature (from Arkansas) 2006
- Brinckley! (from Arkansas) 2006
- Starting Out on My Ivory-billed Woodpecker Adventure 2006
- Ivory-billed Woodpecker: Evaluating the Evidence 2005
- Illegal eBay Bird Sales 2004
- Birds on Christmas Cards 2003
- Altruism 1999
- A Birder's Guide to TV 1986