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My New Column: Carolina Wrens


I took this Carolina Wren photo over the weekend in my backyard. Yep, that's snow in the background.

My latest column for The Record and Herald-News is about that the loud little dynamo, the Carolina Wren.

Here's the opening:

"Before I realized I had become a bird-watcher, I used to chuckle when I'd take a walk and come across folks with binoculars scanning the underbrush for a crazy reclusive bird calling "Cheeseburger, cheeseburger!" at the top of its lungs.

"If someone actually located the little russet-and-caramel bird — a Carolina Wren, as it turned out — a few high-fives were sure to follow."

One of the burning questions of the day: Does the male really call "Cheeseburger, cheeseburger?" "Or is Teakettle, teakettle," or "Germany, Germany"? (It may depend on your nationality.)

Here's the link.