A NEW BEAK IN TOWN – Marilyn Armstrong

A NEW BEAK CAME TO TOWN A FEW DAYS AGO

I saw him at the feeder on Monday. “That’s a new kid,” I announced, but of course I didn’t get a picture because I wasn’t holding the camera. Just watching the birdies flutter about.

This morning, I heard the call. The wild call of the Carolina Wren. He has the loudest call of any bird of that size, which is smaller than a Robin, but bigger than a Finch.

You can’t miss the call. You can hear it through closed windows and doors. This time, I heard it in the living room … and the sound was coming from the backyard. I went back there, missed him, but while I was standing there with my camera in my hand, staring at the empty feeder, who should land but the aforementioned and previously heard, Carolina Wren.

The Carolina Wren and his little yellow Goldfinch pal

As I was reading up on this little wren, there was a lot of commentary on how these migratory birds have largely stopped migrating. Partly, because of climate change and alterations to their environment, but even more because of …

me.

Squared. with pointed beak — Carolina Wren

People with feeders have dramatically changed the migration of birds. Whereas they used to fly to the tropics, many just fly down to like … Maryland or New Jersey … and now, many are not bothering to migrate at all.

I read an exchange between someone in South Carolina bemoaning her lack of Carolina Wrens and was answered by someone in Michigan who said, “Well, we just got a foot of snow and they are happily eating at my feeder on the porch!”

The last of the square pictures. Some of the shots just did NOT want to be square, not without losing a piece of wing or tail …

We feeder owners are supposed to report seeing birds showing up where they should not be … and especially if they seem to be suffering from an ailment.

Author: Marilyn Armstrong

Opinionated writer with hopes for a better future for all of us!

16 thoughts on “A NEW BEAK IN TOWN – Marilyn Armstrong”

    1. I finally realized that the reason the lens wasn’t focusing was that it needed a new battery. Those big lenses burn through batteries really fast. Changed the battery and suddenly, everything worked. I should not ignore the little flashing orange thingie that screams YOU NEED A NEW BATTERY. I tend to not notice it.

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        1. There ARE warnings — one of which is that the long lens gets sluggish about focusing — and the little orange flashing light on the top left of the viewing screen. But with birds, once you stop to change the battery, when you come back, they are all gone anyway, so there IS no opportune time to change the battery. What I should do is automatically change it at the end of any long shooting session.

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    1. I swear the moment Garry fills the feeders, the tweets go forth and yea verily and forsooth, all the birds of the woods gather in the trees around the deck. It’s actually funny how QUICKLY they gather πŸ™‚

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    1. He has quite the operatic voice, too. I have rarely gotten his picture, but he decided to hit the feeder and hang around. Otherwise, I just hear him, but rarely see him. There will be more transients soon, too. The birds who winter down south and migrate to Canada or northern New England.

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