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A Few Avian Songsters Remain In New England Year Round

Anyone tuned in to bird songs is aware that the skies become fairly quiet once migration has taken place. 75% of North American songbirds head to warmer climes in the fall and when they disappear, so do their songs.  Among those birds that remain in New England year-round are some species that actually continue to sing throughout the year as well.  Northern Mockingbirds, Black-capped Chickadees, and Northern Cardinals are among them, as is the Carolina Wren (pictured), whose range has extended north as our climate has warmed.

Male Carolina Wrens sing year-round defending their territory. Unlike other wren species in its genus, only the male Carolina Wren sings. An individual can have from 17 to 55 song types. He will sing a song type an average of 15 times before switching to another song type, usually after a pause in singing. To hear a Carolina Wren, go to How fortunate we are that their voices can be heard now and even in the dead of winter.

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6 responses

  1. Janet Crystal

    I live on Cape Cod and, while haven’t seen any Mockers for years, my neighborhood is FULL of these lovely little birds. I love listening to their repertoire of sounds.

    November 18, 2022 at 8:55 am

  2. Alice

    A full of zest, adorable, feathery, garden friend.

    November 18, 2022 at 9:06 am

  3. Karen Eger

    Yes, so quiet in the woods now! Jays, ravens, and chickadees are what I hear now with a turkey gobble here and there.

    November 18, 2022 at 9:24 am

  4. John jose

    Of course, brown creepers also sing in late winter.

    November 18, 2022 at 10:49 am

  5. Hi Mary,
    I’ve been blessed with a singing male Carolina wren all fall. He sings like an angel and makes me so happy.
    Funny, that I never have mating pairs here in central Vermont, but often a male in fall.

    November 18, 2022 at 11:09 am

  6. Alice

    …and there’s a wren, right now, flying from one shepherd’s hook to another singing “Tchew, tchew, tchew, tchew” smile on my face 😁

    November 18, 2022 at 4:24 pm

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