Teapot bird

carolina-wren1Watching the birds this winter, I am reminded of an incident last Spring when cleaning off the front porch.  I kept hearing a bird call/song quite distinctive.  This happened for a while and the next time I went out, I heard it again.  On this occasion though, as I was cleaning, a bird flew right by me and into the teapot house hanging above the steps.  I got a fairly good look at it since it was hopping around on the porch ledge a while before.

I ran straight to my Audubon Field Guide and flipped through the Perching birds – there are lots of perching birds!  I decided that with the eyebrow stripe and colorings it was a Carolina Wren.  Flipping to the back for the description and …what a wild surprise!  If I may quote Audubon, “Voice: Loud whistledtweedle-tweedle-tweedle or tea-kettle, tea-kettle, tea-kettle, sung all day long in all seasons.”  You can’t make this stuff up!  How cool is that?!  Hopefully our resident Carolina Wren will return again this Spring.