A house wren has appeared. Last year they
were happy to the north east of the fume kiln. They are so
small compared to those residents, the Carolina Wrens. The house wren
reminds me of the little European wren. Which is even smaller, I
think, and more mouse-like in habit.
wrens can always be heard about their spring territory, and occasionally
seen. They are busy and private, like mathematicians.
The big wren, the Carolina Wren, will look you in the eye and criticize
you for leaving the yellow electric-saw too close to the practice
nest. Then when the eggs are laid, 'She' will fly away to a safer
perch and 'He' will appear puffed up and furious, with enough noise in him
to make you quit early.
house wren and the little European wren are "Troglodytes" in
their classification. The Carolina Wren has been given the wonderful
name "Thryothorus Ludovicianus", which makes him sound like a dinosaur
on a comedy tour. Troglodytes make as much noise as each
other. If you hear a noisiness from the dinosaur, more likely he's a
Today we saw a Barn Swallow
and reckoned to have heard one. They recently have nested above that
spot in the barn where we keep wood to dry for the fume kiln. The
barn swallows are less confrontational, but they are visitors in that
sense of returning sons and daughters. Prodigal is their treatment, I
Soon now, it will be a matter
of tiptoeing through the barn to get to the other side, which some might
think defeats the usefulness of barns.