What is this bird in the corner of my porch?

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Brookhaven, MS
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Brookhaven, MS
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What is this bird in the corner of my porch?

Smith's Nature Friendly Farm
Published by Jollean Smith in Nature Friendly · 19 February 2022
Tags: WrenBirdSongbirdsNatureCarlinaWrenSleepingBirds
We love the bird life that exists in our yard. Songbirds make spring come alive and add a constant flow of entertainment. This year I think I have fallen in love with the Carolina Wren. I have always loved Wrens for their funny ways, but the Carolina Wren is taking the lead to one of my favorite birds down south.

Carolina Wrens love a place where there is some tangled undisturbed habitat. They will live in the suburbs and in the rural areas.

Wren's love to make nests in the strangest places. So far they have nested in an old hard hat, a compost bucket, my plant pot, in a broken gourd, in a shoe and in a garden bed.

The Carolina Wren tends to sleep in really odd places. It is not uncommon to find people who have had one sleeping in the corner of their porch. That is what happened to us which caused me to take an immediate interest in my new housemate. Each evening this summer it would sit upon an abandoned mud wasp nest. Its face in the corner of the porch cover. By dusk it was gone every morning.

They usually have a partner close by. I only ever saw the partner one night. Most nights it was just the one.

It did not always stay in the corner and sometimes took to sleeping in an old broken dried gourd that is stuck in the fence.



Now, I have added two Wren Houses to the porch to try and give it a great place to stay. I am sure chances are the mud wasp nest will still be the choice place to sleep. Funny story, we powerwashed the porch recently and I asked my husband to leave the mud wasp nest in place. He thinks I am a weirdo. It's ok, I am comfortable with my nature loving weirdness.

The birds are a total joy to have around. The flutter about the porch, cleaning a bug or two off the window or deck. They have a sweet song that is easily recognizable. You can hear their songs here on the Audubon page.

To attract these birds you really need caterpillars. Caterpillars are the single most important food source of baby birds. To have caterpillars, you need the host plants that feed them and to pass on the chemicals that kill them. We use no pesticides on our farm and let the trees and plants get enjoyed by the caterpillars. It is very rare that they are ever completely wiped out because our songbirds are so diverse in our yard. We have had more nests of varying birds than one can imagine and I am sure it all hinges around the abundance of nature space and bugs.

Here is a video of our night time capture of the Carolina Wren in our old gourd. Actually, now that I watch this again, I think this might be two Wren's in the gourd! Take a look and tell me what you think.


I just love having the Carlina Wren's in our yard. Check out the Audubon page to learn more about these really wonderful birds.

Thanks for being here, be friendly, be kind.







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Smith's Nature Friendly Farm
Brookhaven, Mississippi
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