Article and Photos by Charly Mann
One of my favorite birds to observe in my backyard or along the trails in Bartlesville is the Carolina Wren, but they are usually far too quick and nervous to get a picture of. They are exceptionally curious, rapidly searching a large area of a tree, fence, wall, or foliage for insects and seeds.
Carolina Wren visiting my backyard in Bartlesville
When one sees a Carolina Wren its tail is usually in an upright position, which means it is fully alert and active.
Carolina Wrens are small birds measuring only 5.5 inches in length and weighing just half an ounce. They have a slightly downward curved thin beak with a white streak extending from it over their eyes to the back of their head. They are brown on top with darker barred wings and tail. They are white underneath.
At least once a month I see a Carolina Wren sitting relaxed on this branch. Notice his tail is down.
They more resemble miniature helicopters than birds as they move about by rapid flapping of their short wings from branch to branch of a tree which is almost always accompanied by their constant "chirr-up" song.
When a Carolina Wren is relaxed it sings a long loud song that sounds like "come-to-me, come-to-me or chirr-up, chirr-up, chirr-up" which is repeated for several minutes.
Same branch as previous picture, but another day. This time I got a ten minute serenade by this Carolina Wren.
Carolina Wrens love to sing more than any other bird, and do so from dawn to well past sunset, and some have sung their song 3,000 times in a single day.
Carolina Wrens can live as long as six years.