Is This A Worm-eating Warbler?

by Monique

Carolina Wren Bird Identification

Carolina Wren Bird Identification

Q: I live in east central Illinois. This cute little bird with a brown back and cream chest has been enjoying our suet feeder for a few days. There are several of them that come together. There is a cream or yellowish stripe above the eye, so in the online bird site I saw a warbler that looked like that. I'm not sure if this is the same type. Does anyone know for sure? The site said that they go south for the winter so I wonder what they are still doing here in the snow!
Thanks for any info!

A: Monique, from the photo and your location, it looks to me to be a Carolina wren. Worm eating warblers have several black crown stripes and more importantly, as you noted, do not stick around for Illinois winters! They are now enjoying the warm climates of Central America and the Caribbean.

Carolina wrens live in Illinois year round. They have a white/cream-colored eyestripe, buffy underparts and rusty upperparts. They often hold their tail upright, which is another clue I used from your photo. Check out the video below and see if it looks like the birds you have been seeing at your suet feeder. You can add any comments below.

Carolina Wren Winter Feeding and Song

Here is some good footage of a Carolina wren at a bird feeder during the winter in Ohio. You can hear the distinctive song in the background of the wren which sounds like, "Tea-kettle, tea-kettle, tea-kettle!"

Carolina Wren Identification & Life History

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by: Monique

Thank you so much! I already got my answer--it was a Carolina Wren! We wouldn't have thought so because it is so much bigger than the more common wrens that were around all summer. But these are a bigger bird. The video was really cute and convinced us that it was our bird!!
Love your site--thank you so much. We are just getting into feeding and birdwatching.

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