Holiday Bird Sightings


Tufted Titmouse checking out a birdhouse intended for Brown Nuthatches


Eastern Phoebe


The rightful Brown-headed Nuthatch owner (even if his head looks grey here)


Showing his true colors now (*Brown*-headed Nuthatch)


Hermit Thrush (front) and White-Throated Sparrow


Hermit Thrush


White-Throated Sparrow


White-Throated Sparrow among the thirty-year old patio furniture forest


White-throated Sparrow attacking the prey (what a nut!)


Carolina Wren (an NC WREN!)

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.

  1. Book of North American Birds. Pleasantville, New York: The Reader’s Digest Association, 1990. Print.

About birdsandbenjamin

I am a resident of the North Carolina foothills and visitor to the mountains who finds great joy in observing and living with one of man's best friends, birds! I have limited photographic equipment, only a Nikon L810 and a pair of binoculars (for long-distance images). Nonetheless, I hope you see the heart behind the images and enjoy the beauty of birds on this blog.
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2 Responses to Holiday Bird Sightings

  1. blueridgebluecollargirl says:

    What a joy to see you posting again, Benjamin! And some of my favorites, too, with the White-Throated Sparrow and the Hermit Thrush. Of course, you know I love that badass little bird the Carolina Wren, too. Plucky, cheeky little thing–how can you not love them? Here’s hoping that the lovely little nuthatch runs out those other bird squatters and reclaims his rightful house! 🙂

    Thank you for posting again—makes me happy.

  2. Ioana B. Byrd says:

    Nice spots, Benjamin! If I were a bird, I’d be a cross between a veery and a wren. Which is sort of like having multiple personalities. I too admire the wren’s pluck and spirit.

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