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My New Friend – The Carolina Wren

My New Friend – The Carolina Wren

Thryothorus ludovicianus
Thryothorus ludovicianus

Recording Backyard Bird Songs

A picnic on the lawn with my 2 and 4 year-old  today was filled with sounds of backyard birds chirping, squawking, and calling, but there was one call in particular that gave me an idea.  “Hey kids, do you want to try to record that bird sound?”  I later discovered it was the song of the Carolina Wren.

In a few moments, the kids and I were lying on the picnic blanket plugging in a microphone and headphones into my laptop.  After, the initial disciplining to get the kids to stop tugging back and forth at the microphone and headphones, our recording adventure began….but wait….no bird calls anymore.

I was saddened to think that in the few minutes I had left to go inside, that the bird left too…but then I heard it again.  After playing with the audio device settings on the laptop, and trying to entertain the kids away from the microphone, I successfully recorded our first bird call.

Bird Behavior: Response to Hearing Their Song

The kids and I played it over and over again.  I told them they were biologists and ornithologists today – they were thrilled.  Then, the most amazing thing happened.  This little bird kept flying back and forth over our picnic blanket, sometimes coming within feet of us.  It flew from a tree branch to our shed, from our neighbors shed, to our rooftop, from another branch to our nearby lawn chair…stopping every now and then to repeat it’s song back to us.  Every time we played the song back to the little bird, it flew over us again, daring to fly closer and closer to us with each pass.  We were communicating somehow.

Species Identification: Carolina Wren Song

Later on that evening, thumbing through my favorite field guides, I discovered that my new friend was the Carolina Wren, a native bird to Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Southern Massachusetts that is expanding its range northwards.  Many sources claim that it is a shy bird that is more often heard than seen.  It’s true that I first heard the wren, but once I started playing back its tune, it was anything but shy – truly amazing.

Try at Home: Attracting Songbirds – The Carolina Wren Song

Try playing this bird call in your own backyard to see if any Carolina Wrens come to visit you.  I played it again the next day for my husband and without fail 2-3 Carolina Wrens came to visit us.  They flew back and forth always passing near to us and stopped to perch on nearby branches to sing us their song.  If this works for you, please leave a comment below to let us know.