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Birds of KY: Of Birds & Bikes & Carolina Wrens

2014-05-05 - Shelby County, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener. Until the parent Carolina Wren gets used to human neighbors, it isn't a very good photographic subject. Little by little, they become more comfortable, and some bird whisperers have developed ways to get these and other birds to eat out of their hands. What they are: They're very innovative and opportunistic nest builders. This wren family is ensconced in the Lazer bicycle helmet. Bird talk on the carporch was that wrens have even been known to build nests in drying clothes on clothes line. And talk was first of the bird habits as being that of unwelcome guests, and the problems humankind has in segregating living quarters and how to keep them away. But in every personal instance of avian invasion, everyone agreed they had first permitted squatters right, and then became involved in the birds family lives - finding wild pets the best. Some even name each baby, knowing all the while that the short lives of many species can be filled with heartbreak - as well as great joy. From the appreciative nursery audio, the Lazer wren babies seem quite happy. From the yard and the landing areas, the parents teakettle-teakettle songs may have been lunch time wake up calls. For the skinny see: All-About Birds: Carolina Wren
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