Bird Weekly – Photo Challenge – Songbirds

Welcome to the first Bird Weekly Photo Challenge. Week #1 challenge is Songbirds. Upcoming challenges can be found on my Bird Weekly Challenge Page.

Today’s post features the Carolina Wren. During the most vulnerable weeks in March & April that we held ourselves in quarantine in our homes due to COVID-19, a pair of Carolina Wrens had built a nest, laid four eggs, had three survivors and were the best darn bird parents I’ve ever seen. These photos are only a few of about 300 shots I took. That doesn’t include the photos Frank took. This was over a span of 3-4 weeks.

Carolina Wrens AKA “Mouth of the South”

They kept us entertained and in doing so, we purchased mealworms from Birds Unlimited. We only had to make a phone call, park in the lot and the owner brought them out to us with his mask on. Easy Peasy! We only put the worms out once per day (in the late afternoon). The rest of the day, the Wrens were on their own in our jungle we call our backyard. Plenty of flying insects, spiders and such.

Parent feeding the largest chick. You can barely see the open mouth. Best shot I got before they fledged.

I’m awakened every morning to birds singing. Northern Cardinals, Northern Mockingbirds and Carolina Wrens are among the most popular songbirds in my yard year-round. At least it isn’t a rooster at 5am. Florida’s state bird is the Mockingbird who can have 50 or more songs in a sitting, but the Carolina Wrens are bold and loud.

We have a large backyard with plenty of cover from crows and other predators. Feral cats come around now and then, but they don’t stay long. Frank is out there chasing them away. The Wrens loved the mealworms but were perfectly capable of feeding the chicks on their own with the amount of food we have naturally all around our detached garage. I can’t even tell you how many trees we have in our yard.

We also have a fountain that Frank built so they have a great water source to drink and bathe.

Until next week…Week #2 – Birds with Yellow Feathers.

27 Comments on “Bird Weekly – Photo Challenge – Songbirds

  1. How exciting to see them parenting in your own yard! I saw the open mouth of the chick in there that was a cool shot. Hopefully, the parents will be back next season to do it all again.

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    • They are already hear with another pair and I think they will be building another nest soon. They will have 1-3 broods per season. I got woke up at 5am this morning to one singing outside my bedroom window. 😊

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      • How exciting! There are worse way to be woken up. πŸ˜€ At our old house we had a pair of Doves that built their nest in one of the hanging baskets on my patio. They had two chicks. I had a blast photographing them and watching them grow up and fledge.

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      • So you know how I feel! It was so great especially during the worst of the quarantine with bad news every day, losing my job and no more travelling…(pause)…then we found out the Wildlife Refuges were still open and that got us through the worst of it taking day trips. πŸ™‚

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      • Yeah our allergies are kicking both our butts! We did go out and dropped off boxes of donations and get groceries. Big time travellers today! πŸ™‚

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  2. Wonderful photos. I’ve never seen one of these birds before, so it’s great you had them right there. πŸ™‚

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  3. We don’t have the Carolina wren here, our wrens spend a lot of time near wetlands. I didn’t see them very often. It is a thrill to see one.

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