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Hey everybody, I was just curious how many other poeple out there have ever had Carolina Wrens come to their sunflower seed feeders or other type of feeders. I've had the local pair show up over the past few days a few times, and I never remember seeing that before.
We have had a pair of Carolina Wrens at our feeders in southern Medina County all winter. We have had single wrens other years on occasion, but this is the first winter they have been regular visitors, and a pair! They have been singing all winter, seem to prefer to search for food under the feeders, and spend lots of time exploring cavities in our wood pile, fallen logs, etc. It has been a treat to watch them closely this winter.
Last Sunday at Blendon Woods Metro Park in Columbus, there was a Carolina Wren at the suet feeder and also foraging on the ground below the feeders. No one was paying much attention to the wren due to the Oregon Junco that was also present.
I usually have at least one at my feeders year round. Most of the time they come to the suet but also go for the sunflower quite often too.
I also have had as many as three Carolina Wrens visit my feeding station. By far, their most favorite feeder is the mealworm feeder we purchased for bluebirds. We have yet to see a bluebird anywhere near it, but the wrens have made it a great investment. If you want to give the wrens a treat, I highly recommend mealworms. Also, they regularly visit the homemade "marvel meal" (lard/peanut butter/cornmeal recipe) that we provide. They also seem to appreciate the heated bird bath more than most other feeder visitors. Can you tell that my backyard birds have it pretty good?
If anyone has had any success luring bluebirds to feeders, please let me know.
I feed my wrens mealworms too. I originally put them in the platform feeder where I also put the suet mix that Robin uses. Then the snow and cold temps came and the starlings arrived and the wren didn't have a chance so I starting putting them in a butter container lid hidden down between the pots on the deck where the starlings didn't find them. Then came the big snow and my hiding spot was buried. I felt so bad watching the wrens hopping around looking for their treat that I put them on a window sill. It took about 15 minutes for them to find the new spot. It is really fun to watch them bob up and down in the window sill, steal a worm and fly off with it. Now the nuthatch has discovered them too. The wrens and nuthatches also go to my peanut feeder alot.
What is the measurements of your suet?
I had bluebirds at our box for two summers. I could only get them to eat the mealworms. They came for a couple of weeks last summer but did not stay. Hope for better this summer.
However, I am friends with a family in Southern Wayne County and they have had bluebirds coming to a tray feeder just outside their kitchen window and they are feeding a homemade peanut butter suet mix.
We have had a pair of Carolina Wrens in our area for 3 years now. We live in Medina County. In the winter I mix equal parts of peanut butter, grated suet and cornmeal for a suet feed outside our kitchen window. I see them everyday at this suet feeder. They also visit another feeder that has
suet (not the cakes) that I get at our local market in the meat dept. They are my favorite birds!
They sing all year long and in the winter it sure is uplifting to hear them singing! They have such a distinctive song, I have heard them singing in other areas around Medina this winter. We also have
the regular house wrens in the summer.
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We have Carolina Wrens year round in Cincinnati. Their favorite food (that we offer) are peanuts.
When I first moved here from Ottawa Ontario, I had a devil of a time identifying this noisy, yet invisible bird among the many trees in our neighborhood.
It's not uncommon to see Carolina Wrens year round in Ohio. They frequent our hopper feeders at our house. We also have several bluebirds who frequent the hopper feeder closest to our house. We feed our private label Patio Mix (hulled seed blend) that we sell in the store, in the hopper feeder closest to our house, and the bluebirds have been there all winter. I start feeding meal worms and introduce calcium suet cakes in the spring to help with egg production.
I haven't seen Carolina wrens at my feeders but last Summer I put a live trap for chipmunks on the ground near a feeder and twice I caught a Carolina wren. I was using walnuts for bait.
Tom Eshelman, Westerville
I have the best luck with Carolina Wrens attracting with mealworms and a peanut butter-lard-cornmeal-oatmeal mixture. This also attracts bluebirds and pine warblers. It is very rich and can cause gout, so I feed it in moderation.
When desperate, Carolina Wrens will take sunflower chips (out of the shell) but I don't think they can crack the shelled seed easily.
Don't forget a water source. You can get a much wider variety of birds to come to your feeding station if you have a fresh water available year round.
Clermont County, SW Ohio
Yes, Ben, we have Carolina Wrens come to our Sunblower seed feeder all winter. Do not know what they get, perhaps just checking the seed for bugs! Gene
I was thrilled to see my first Carolina Wren today at one of my sunflower feeder here in Westerville near Hoover. I have a feeder just 3 ft off the ground under a cantilevered roof a (split level). Deer discovered it and were emptying the feeder almost nightly when I had a birdseed feeder there so I switched to 3 side-by-side sunflower green tubes a month ago and the birds are just as plentiful. I mentioned in an earlier post that I once put out a live trap with walnut bait to relocate some chipmunks and ended up catching a caroline wren twice (in '08).
Every year I get a couple, while I have food out.
I have also seen them at Blendon Woods nature center window under the suet feeders in the spring and summer this was over a year ago also seen eastern bluebirds there too
I have photos of the blue birds eating under a feeder at high banks in the snow this was new to my wife and I
pictures - http://www.ohiobirder.mysite.com/photo4.html
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