About this last one, I must say a little more. Notice the NC specification (not just Carolina, but North Carolina Wren). When I first got my car, I knew it would fit me perfectly to drive around with the license plate NC WREN. I am a North Carolina resident, and I love the attitude of these birds.
They are vociferous for the right causes (I’m not sure I’ve ever heard bird books or birders call them a “bully bird”), and they are adaptable to the maximum extent. So adaptable, in fact, that their flexibility in nesting habits–in our observations including old unused shoes and toolbags–and food supplies made them oust the House Wren as most common of its family. One bird book captions the entry on this bird with a statement as such:
“Baskets, mailboxes, and even pockets of old overcoats provide nesting sites for Carolina Wrens.”
And though other birds in the family are confined to insect and spider diet, the Carolina Wren also dines on small fruit and seeds (Book of North American Birds, 242).
So I am very pleased when anyone recognizes the character behind the cryptic abbreviation. I hope to use my voice fearlessly wherever it is necessary, and to adapt to an ever-changing and frightening world.
- Book of North American Birds. Pleasantville, New York: The Reader’s Digest Association, 1990. Print.