Sitting in Georgia, Looking at Carolina

Had a great training run today which translates directly to being completely exhausted. There was finally a break in the rain for a couple of days allowing me to get some quality time in on the trails. They were surprisingly dry considering the amount of water that has poured out of the skies as of late. That didn’t mean there wasn’t any swamps to navigate in the valleys and the one stream crossing required some precise leaps to stray rocks struggling to keep their heads above the onrush, but at least the hills were dry enough to get traction. Clearly need to get a steady barrage of heat conditioning – felt the warmer temps about halfway through the 11 miles. Figured I’d be productive while the legs calm down prior to tackling the mowing (rain on its way back to start the week off).

Carolina Wren found at Skidaway Island State Park, Georgia, May 2015

Hit the jump to see and read a bit more about this Chatty Cathy of the birding world.

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Carolina In My Mind

Well, if all goes as planned, Ron and I should be filling up the tin with more blog fodder about the time this post is released.  We are headed to Allerton Park near Monticello IL. to do some mid-summer birding.  Unlike last time we were there, the woods are going to be a lot more dense making it a bit more difficult to locate, much less photograph our feathered friends.  No worries, it is all about the hunt anyway.  Let’s see, today’s posts are coming to you from my lot back in July 2013.  That means I’ll likely be getting to processing any birds we do find… ohhhhh around 2019 hehehe.

But why waste time thinking about the future, when we can live in the present and enjoy the fruits of the past.  Welcome ladies and gentlemen to the latest check in my North American Bird List.

Carolina Wren - Brimfield Lot 07/2013

See that smallish tail angled high on the body frame?  How about those tiny organized speckles adoring the wings and the sides of the tail?  Unfortunately, you cannot experience from a photograph just how chatty this bird was.  All of those elements are excellent characteristics that put this bird squarely in the Wren group.  Main question is … which Wren is it?  Actually, that is a pretty easy determination for this specimen.  Notice that well defined and long white eyebrow?  That is a defining trait that puts this feathered find in the Carolina Wren category.

Carolina Wren - Brimfield Lot 07/2013

This is another classic example of why you shouldn’t let a backlog of birding shots get too big.  For most of this year I’ve been trying to get a Carolina Wren in the tin.  Every time I heard a Wren singing I’d get excited that it might be the day to finally get that check mark.  All but one time, it has eventually turned out to be the more common House Wren (link here).  The remaining one is still up for question – Ron and I might have tinned another Wren in a recent trip to Weldon Springs.  I am still trying to get those shots processed to verify it – stay tuned!).  While processing my 2013 pictures in the digital darkroom that impressive white eyebrow came to light.

Carolina Wren - Brimfield Lot 07/2013

Apparently, I’ve had this bird for over three years and completely forgot about it.  The best part of this .. it was taken in my own backyard.  Whoa, all out of pictures!  Don’t worry, I’ll leave you with a few facts – let me jump over to Cornell and see what they have to say.  First of all, they pretty much call the entire Eastern part of the US as their home.  Ironically, they are very sensitive to cold weather and Cornell actually states that globull warming has been increasing their population – funny, you never hear about this little fact.  Bonds form between male and females that last a lifetime.  They will forage together in the same territory year around.  That means I get to enjoy their racket err. sorry.. song all year long as well.  Every once in a while I’ll hear the Wrens out by my feeder, but most of the time they stay out in the back acres which are much more secluded.  Up to this point I’ve pretty much ignored them thinking they were just House Wrens.  The good news is Ron might be able to add this check the next time he visits our house — if he doesn’t get one sooner – we will definitely be looking for one today.

That’s all I have for you today.  “Can’t you see the sunshine, can’t you just feel the moonshine?”