At the tail end of my birding expedition today I was fortunate enough to have a close encounter with an extremely confiding, cooperative, and curious Carolina Wren. I had just arrived at the water hole at Forest Park and was sitting on a log watching White-throated Sparrows forage in the leaves when the wren flew in and landed next to the log to my right. I quickly swung my leg over the log so I was straddling the log facing the bird and snapped a quick shot before it scurried under the log. I silently cursed myself for my sudden movement that I was sure had spooked the bird and ruined a perfectly good photo opportunity. Then the bird jumped up on the log not two meters away and proceeded to pose, which is how I got the picture on the right which I know you really want to click.
But that was just the start of my experience with this wonderful little wren. It jumped up on a stick and posed, ran up the log towards me so quickly I couldn’t keep it in focus, perched and posed on a smaller log that was next to me, and then flew off to chase away a White-throated Sparrow. Then it flew back to another small log near me and posed some more! I think this particular Carolina Wren wanted to be made famous on 10,000 Birds!
just before it scurried under the log
on a stick not two meters away
last shot before it ran towards me and I lost focus
posing on another nearby log
another close-up shot
Carolina Wren rear-view
And don’t worry, I’ll do a full post about the birding I did before coming across the Carolina Wren soon…so make sure you come back!
This post was originally published on 15 March 2008, but we hate to keep posts this good buried in the archives!
Sounds like a great day and can’t wait for that post! These are all such stunning photos of a cute birds! Thanks for sharing these with us!
Corey – the look on that bird’s face reminded me of two things: the “famous” mad bluebird and to give it a name like, the disapproving Carolina wren. The photos give me the impression that the bird was upset with you. ;o) Great shots!
Great series Corey!
I love the shot of the butt!! it’s so awesome! he looks like he just ate a bug, his beak is kind of fuzzy.
@Monarch & Charlie: Thanks!
@Mary: Carolina Wrens are quite disapproving, aren’t they?
@Steph: Who can resist bird-butt? And the sutff on his beak is mud from probing in the dirt for who-knows-what kind of invertebrates to eat…
Corey – I have to share this with you! Only about an hour after I commented here yesterday, I had my first visiting wren for this year in my backyard. I couldn’t believe my eyes! When I checked the field guide I found out that it was a Bewick’s Wren. And it came to nibble on some suet I have hanging just outside my window. No photo, since I was afraid to move to disturb him/her and would fly off. Of course, the bird wasn’t there very long; these birds remind me of our titmice and chickadees in their “length” of stay at a feeder. ;o)
Wow, those are great. I particularly like the last one – it really captures what a Carolina Wren is all about, with the depth of color and the pose as if it’s about to scurry or flit away.
@Mary: Wren Karma!
@Carrie: Thanks…I still don’t get what it was that made this wren so willing to pose.
Nice shot of the wren. I got one up on my birds blog too.
I love those moments when some critter seems to be trying to make contact. Great pix Corey.