Early this morning we finally got two Carolina Wrens together at the suet 
feeder. All February only one would visit and we wondered what had happened, or 
whether they were just taking turns.
We have had a pair of Carolina Wrens visit our feeders for many years in 
winter; in spring & summer we hear the trilling and singing and see them 
skulking around our brush piles. We assumed they were a pair -- glad to know 
that is confirmed on the Lab of O page.

Nari Mistry, Ellis Hollow Rd.
> Subject: Re: Carolina wrens
> From: John Greenly<j...@cornell.edu>
> Date: Sat, 1 Mar 2014 14:23:21 -0500
> X-Message-Number: 3
> Ah, I should have looked at the Lab's page on Carolina Wrens first:  says 
> there they don't migrate at all and stay paired all year.  Funny I haven't 
> noticed in the winter the countersinging they do all the time in the spring.  
> Alicia Plotkin tells me that hers do that in the winter too.  Anyway, my two 
> must be a pair.
> --John

> Subject: Carolina wrens
> From: John Greenly<j...@cornell.edu>
> Date: Sat, 1 Mar 2014 12:58:20 -0500
> X-Message-Number: 1
> I always have a Carolina Wren singing all winter, and he makes part of his 
> living by cleaning up the bits of suet on the ground under the feeder that 
> the woodpeckers waste.  But for the last week I have had two Carolina Wrens 
> coming together on suet cleanup duty.  My impression was that the males 
> defend territories in the winter- hence all the singing-  but these two are 
> not at all aggressive, often foraging within a foot of each other.  There are 
> other males singing elsewhere in Ludlowville- is this just a truce at the 
> feeding spot?  Or is it possible that the second bird is a female?   Do they 
> stay around in the winter too?  I've never seen two together in the winter 
> before.
> --John Greenly
> Ludlowville

*Nari B. Mistry*,
Ithaca, NY
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