Carolina Wren and FriendsFebruary 6, 2011

The Carolina wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) is remarkably spunky and willing to share suet with almost any other bird.

Of course, it pays to be cautious on the approach and inspect the general feeding area.

Carolina wren on branch
  When it is safe, the Carolina wren flies over to the suet. (Everyone seems to prefer peanut butter suet to all-season suet.)
Puffed Carolina wren reaches the suet
  In the course of the day, the wren shares the suet first with a male downy woodpecker.
Carolina wren and Mr. downy woodpecker

And then with a female downy woodpecker.
Carolina wren and Ms. downy woodpecker

Here is the Carolina wren with a black-capped chickadee, which has a similar zest for life.
Carolina wren and chickadee

A few days later, I noticed a second Carolina wren joining the first. Are they a couple?
Two Carolina wrens and Mr. downy woodpecker

In the background above is a male downy woodpecker.

Photo note: The first five photos were taken on Feb. 1, 2011 (with a Pentax K20D with the Sigma 150-500mm lens) and the sixth photo was taken on Feb. 5, 2011 (at twilight, with the SMC-DA 55-300mm lens, at 1/30 of a second).

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