Carolina Wren at Myakka River State Park

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Carolina Wren

The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land; (Song of Solomon 2:12 KJV)

I am testing a new feature that WordPress has just made available for bloggers. We can now “embed” photos from Getty Images into articles. They have a wealth of photos, but unless embedded, can be expensive to use.

Since I chased the Carolina Wren at Myakka River SP all over the place with my camera and never got a photo, I turned on the video and recorded its sound. I have converted it to an MP3 and borrowed some of Getty’s great photos. Here is another of the neat birds that the Lord gave such a pretty song to.


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Carolina Wren

Carolina Wrens belong to the Troglodytidae – Wrens Family. The Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) is a common species of wren, resident in the eastern half of the USA, the extreme south of Ontario, Canada, and the extreme northeast of Mexico. A distinct population in the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico, Belize and extreme north of Guatemala is treated either as a subspecies Thryothorus ludovicianus albinucha, or as a separate species, White-browed Wren (Thryothorus albinucha) . The Carolina Wren is the state bird of South Carolina; its specific name ludovicianus means “from Louisiana”.

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Carolina Wren

The upperparts are rufous brown, and the underparts a strong orange-buff, usually unmarked but faintly barred on the flanks in the southwest of the range. The head has a striking pure white supercilium (eyebrow) and a whitish throat. The race albinucha is duller brown above and has additional white streaking on the head.

It is easiest to confuse with the Bewick’s Wren, a fairly close relative, which differs in being smaller but with a longer tail, grayer-brown above and whiter below. The Carolina and White-browed Wrens differ from the House Wren in being larger, with a decidedly longer bill and hind toe.

House Wren (Troglodytes aedon) by Ian

House Wren (Troglodytes aedon) by Ian (Not Getty)

The Carolina Wren is noted for its loud song, popularly rendered as “teakettle-teakettle-teakettle”. This song is rather atypical among wrens and closely resembles that of the Kentucky Warbler which shares much of its range. A given bird will typically sing several different songs. Only the male birds sing their loud song. The songs vary regionally, with birds in northern areas singing more slowly than those in southern areas.

The Carolina Wren also has a series of calls, including a rapid series of descending notes in a similar timbre to its song, functioning as an alarm call, and a very harsh and loud scolding call made to threaten intruders. (Wikipedia)


3:16 The Numbers of Hope


Thank You – One Million And Counting!

Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. (1 Chronicles 16:34 NKJV)

Thank you!

Thank you!!


I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, (Philippians 1:3 NKJV)


Just had the 1 Millionth page view on this blog. 

Without the Lord’s leading, His help and your visits to this blog, this would not have happened.  I am so appreciative for every one of you who have visited throughout the years and also put up with my good and not-so-good articles. The blog started in February of 2008, but was moved here to WordPress in July of 2008. That is when this count started. Here are the dates of milestones that are in the Sidebar.

My special thanks goes to Stephen, our assistant to the Pastor at my church (Faith Baptist of Winter Haven) for suggesting that I write about the Birds of the Bible on the church’s Blog – The Fountain. That was on Blogspot. I started a blog of my own, to learn how to lay it out. That is when Lee’s Birdwatching Adventures Plus was started. We both moved our blogs off of Blogspot over the years.

Also, a big thanks to all my regular and guest writers.

  • Thanks to Visitors

    Moved to WordPress 00,000 – July 05, 2008
  • 50,000 – Oct 10, 2009
  • 100,000 – Apr 5, 2010
  • 150,000 – Sep 6, 2010
  • 200,000 – Dec 30, 2010
  • 250,000 – Apr 9, 2011
  • 300,000 – June 29, 2011
  • 350,000 – Sep 19, 2011
  • 400,000 – Nov 18, 2011
  • 450,000 – Jan 21, 2012
  • 500,000 – Mar 1, 2012
  • 600,000 – May 24, 2012
  • 700,000 – Sep 2, 2012
  • 800,000 – Dec 16, 2012
  • 900,000 – Ap 13, 2013
  • 1,000,000 – Oct 20, 2013
  • 1st 500+ Day (568) Oct 29, 2009
  • 1st 600+ Day (637) Sep 28, 2010
  • 1st 700+ Day (722) Apr 4, 2011
  • 1st 800+ Day (810) May 18, 2011
  • 1st 900+ Day (955) Oct 2, 2011
  • 1st 1000+ Day (1,016) Oct 20, 2011
  • 1st 2,000+ Day (2,220) Feb 10, 2012
  • 1st 3,000+ Day (3896) Feb 21, 2013

Links to the very first few articles on Lee’s Birdwatching Adventures original site copied over here:

  1. Introduction to Birds of the Bible
  2. Birdwatching Tips #1
  3. The Birds of the Bible – Eagles
  4. Video of Bird “Displaying”
  5. Trip to Fort DeSoto Park 2-20-08
  6. Roseate Spoonbills

Looking back at them, I trust you like the ones being produced now much better. Hey, it was a learning curve back then. These are the first seven articles on Lee’s Birdwatching Adventures Plus when it first started up here:

  1. Birds of the Bible – Ossifrage
  2. Interesting Things – Communication
  3. Video of Bird “Displaying” II
  4. Birds of the Bible – Herons
  5. Interesting Things – Bird Evolution
  6. Birds of the Bible – Pelicans
  7. Birdwatching Trip – J. N. “Ding” Darling NWR – July 15, 2008


Thank You again for all your visits, likes, comments, and encouragements.



P.S. I really have no way of knowing who the 1,000,000th visitor was, but we were at lunch with friends and kept watching the count. Saw 1,000,002 at around 1:20pm EST. Checking the Sitemeter after arriving home, someone from Brazil came in about 1:18, looked at 14 pages. Also at 1:20 an unknown came in, and at 1:22 a visitor arrived from Chicopee, Massachusetts. (This is just for trivia.)


Updating the Slideshows – Report # 1

As previously reported, the Slide.Com is closing down as of March 6th. Unfortunately I have used a lot of the Slideshows from them on this site. I am busy kicking up dust behind the scenes and decided to share links to the articles as I get some of them finished. At least you will know I have not been “goofing off.” Besides that, many of these were produced sometime back and deserve a reminder of our many birds the Lord has created for His Glory and pleasure. Trust you like the new Slideshows that are being installed. They are taking a great effort on my part to learn the new procedure, but after quite a few mistakes, maybe I can get them out quicker now.

The works of the LORD are great, sought out of all them that have pleasure therein.(Psalms 111:2 KJV) Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: (Ephesians 1:9 KJV) For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. (Philippians 2:13 KJV) Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore. (Psalms 16:11 KJV)

Thanks for your patience and your visits to this website. Completed: One of my favorite birds the Broadbill. Never heard of it until I started doing the Birds of the World. Aren’t they adorable?

Silver-breasted Broadbill (Serilophus lunatus) by Peter Ericsson

Silver-breasted Broadbill (Serilophus lunatus) by Peter Ericsson

Formed By Him – Broadbills


Silver-throated Tanager (Tangara icterocephala) by Michael Woodruff

Silver-throated Tanager (Tangara icterocephala) by Michael Woodruff

Formed by Him – Silver Birds


Copper-rumped Hummingbird (Amazilia tobaci) by Ian

Copper-rumped Hummingbird (Amazilia tobaci) by Ian

Formed By Him – Copper Birds


Myrtle Warbler (Setophaga coronata) Brevard Zoo by Lee

Myrtle Warbler (Setophaga coronata) Brevard Zoo by Lee

Yellow-rumped Warbler Split


Silver-eared Laughingthrush (Trochalopteron melanostigma) by Peter Ericsson

Birds of the Bible – Pleasant to the Sight


Pardon The Dust

King Penguin (Aptenodytes patagonicus) 6 by Ian

King Penguin (Aptenodytes patagonicus) 6 by Ian

Update 1/14/12 I am releasing the “sticky” part and letting this flow with the rest of the blog. Looks like they got most of it fixed and the great people at WordPress are working to keep their host up and running.

Update 1/13/12 WordPress just put a fix on the site tonight. I will leave this up until tomorrow to see if it stays fixed or I find any other problems.


Please forgive the posts at the present. I just became aware of a change they made at, which is where this site is hosted. They made a revision to their software and it has knocked many of the photos here out of whack!

I knew I was seeing something weird for the last week or so when I went back to view older posts. Some of my pictures are not centered but off to the right, have letters flowing through them, are hugh, etc. They have been notified, and I have been making changes as I discover them. I am having to change them manually. The problem is that there are over 1,000 pages and over 1,000 posts on this site. Most with more than one photo. Many, many posters on WordPress are being affected. Especially those of us using photos.

To make improvements, sometimes things happen that they didn’t plan on. Be patient, they and I am working on correcting this.

I am not at ease, nor am I quiet; I have no rest, for trouble comes.” (Job 3:26 NKJV)

“Man who is born of woman Is of few days and full of trouble. (Job 14:1 NKJV)

The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, A refuge in times of trouble. (Psalms 9:9 NKJV)

Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, And He delivered them out of their distresses. (Psalms 107:6 NKJV)

King Penguin (Aptenodytes patagonicus) 7 by Ian

King Penguin (Aptenodytes patagonicus) 7 by Ian

From – Ian’s Bird of the Week – King Penguin

PS If anyone finds a post with photo problems, please leave a comment on that post. It will help me get this problem fixed.


2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 130,000 times in 2010. If it were an exhibit at The Louvre Museum, it would take 6 days for that many people to see it.

In 2010, there were 357 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 787 posts.

The busiest day of the year was September 28th with 617 views. The most popular post that day was South Lake Howard Nature Park.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for nature, elephant ear plant, dragonfly, parrot, and nature pictures.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


South Lake Howard Nature Park July 2008



When I Consider! – Elephant Ears and Scarab Beetles September 2009

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Interesting Things – Dragonflies January 2009



Birds of the Bible July 2008



Life List of All Birds We Have Seen March 2009


This was produced by WordPress.Com and used with my permission. WordPress is a great place to have a blog. They have treated me very well and they work hard to keep their system running.

Thanks again to the Lord for His blessings on this blog. Thanks to all of you for stopping by to view this blog.