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Sunday, January 19, 2014

Carolina Wren overwinters in Michigan garage

I leave the garage open sometimes and there is a wren that keeps moving in. I didn’t even know that we had wrens here in the winter. Is he OK? ~ Mason, MI
Carolina wrens can be found year-round in mid-Michigan but are very sensitive to cold weather. Severe winters result in a marked decline in their numbers. Having a known source of food is essential for providing wrens with the energy, stamina, and nutrition they need to survive. For this reason, it is a good idea to put out a feeder to help these birds (and other bird species as well) survive the winter.

Carolina Wrens are primarily insect eaters, but suet, peanuts, and mealworms are good substitutes for scarce insects during winter. They can be attracted to your feeders by providing a brush pile close to your feeding area. They feel more secure with a place to seek refuge nearby.

Lots of birds can be found roosting near human dwellings at night. A good idea to encourage Carolina wrens to stay and feed in or near your yard is to provide roosting pockets. Roosting pockets are little shelters, much like birdhouses (but smaller and not meant to be used as a nesting site), where the birds can roost and hide from the wind chill. The combination of roosting pockets and bird feeders during winter is one sure way to attract Carolina wrens in your area.

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