We have had a couple of Carolinas the last couple of days, along with 6 purple finches, a couple pairs of house finches, 20 cardinals, and the usuals. The gold finches (well over 100) filled the walnut trees this a.m. Steve fills the round patio table in the covered dog kennel with sunflower seed along with the shelves under the overhang and they all come to see us. They appreciate the sheltered feed during this past 2 weeks. Your Carolinas probably went a little farther south. Joy Wilson (S.E.Iowa Henry County)
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From: "EA" <eaubrey...>
To: "Iowa bird" <ia-bird...>
Sent: Sunday, February 10, 2019 11:26:57 AM
Subject: RE: [ia-bird] Carolina Wrens
I haven't seen mine since January 21, before the vortex but around the time of all the snow.
From: 'Chris Edwards' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Sent: Sunday, February 10, 2019 10:52
Subject: [ia-bird] Carolina Wrens
For the past two years I've enjoyed a resident pair of Carolina Wrens in our yard and neighborhood. They were a welcome addition to our local avifauna, especially in the winter when they visited our suet feeder and I heard their trills and other vocalizations frequently. I haven't seen or heard them since the extreme cold weather last week and I suspect they may have perished. Has anyone else noticed a similar occurrence? Per the books 'Birds in Iowa' and 'The Iowa Breeding Bird Atlas,' populations in Iowa can abruptly disappear during winters with prolonged heavy snow cover and low temperatures.