Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Mystery Bird

Okay... I'm a horticulturalist, not an ornithologist, so forgive me if I look silly... but I can't figure out what type of bird this is:

My guess is some kind of sparrow. Little brown birds all look the same to me.

Anyone know?


At February 12, 2014 at 9:36 PM , Blogger jean said...

You've got yourself a little brown Carolina Wren. They love wooded areas and have a sweet, rolling song that sounds a bit like "teakettle, teakettle, teakettle".

At February 12, 2014 at 9:38 PM , Blogger David The Good said...

That's exactly the one... I just looked it up. Bonus: it's an insectivore. Perfect! Thank you.

At February 12, 2014 at 10:08 PM , Anonymous seagypsy said...

I was going to say wren, but somebody more intelligent than I was a half hour quicker

At February 13, 2014 at 12:41 AM , Blogger David The Good said...

Oh boy... Jean was smarter than you... and you were smarter than me... I don't like this progression. Heh.

At February 13, 2014 at 9:07 AM , Blogger Arisia said...

The wrens we have here in Missouri are fun to watch. They return to the same place every year to make their nests. We had one that nested on top of the garage door opener for several years. They would get used to the noise of the door opening and not fly away. And one nested inside the screened-in porch for many years. They would make or find holes in the screen to get in and out. The problem came when the babies were learning to fly. If they couldn't find their way out through the holes, they would stave to death. We learned to check on them every day and prop the doors open so they could escape.

Even though bluebirds are the Missouri state bird, we don't see them very often. They seem to fall prey to cats more than other birds. You can't scold your cat for bringing you the wrong critter. They don't understand.

At February 13, 2014 at 9:11 AM , Blogger David The Good said...

"We had one that nested on top of the garage door opener for several years."

That's great. Funny that they're so territorial. I read that they like lots of brush and trees as well... they're definitely getting that here.

As for cats, I deliberately don't have any since they do not fit properly into the ecosystem here. They're both destructive to wildlife and carriers of disease. A few neighbors have them but they're only rarely in my yard, fortunately. I really don't want them leaving droppings in my garden beds.

At February 13, 2014 at 10:55 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know this has been answered, but I wanted to share this site. . . which I use often when trying to identify a bird here in FL.

At March 10, 2014 at 4:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you, Elizabeth, for that great website/blog.

At March 13, 2014 at 1:52 AM , Anonymous Patti said...

We had a family make their nest in our garage for several seasons.One cold night I took some laundry off of the line in the garage, carried it upstairs to my room and proceeded to put on an old flannel shirt. Something felt furry and I screamed and a wren flew out of my sleeve! My brother helped me get it out of my room.I think they liked the garage because my dad did is not a the kind of man who has to keep the garage as neat as the living room, so we had alot of spiders. All kinds of birds would come in and hunt. He started closing the doors because of cats on the cars, so they have moved out. They are still around, tho. My sis-in love in GA had one make a nest in a hanging basket in her green house. They like people.

At March 13, 2014 at 9:52 AM , Blogger David The Good said...

That would've stopped my heart - great story.


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