Although the rest of the working world is back at work today I decided to take a spare vacation day – beautiful cold sunshine and finally the Carolina Wren visited when I had the camera to hand. Usually this bird makes a brief and infrequent visit when I am not at home or when the camera is buried at the other end of the house.

These birds are really at the furthest northern extent of their range here (see the ice on the feeder) and considered a considerable rarity but a small breeding population does seem to have established itself in the area in recent years. A few years back, a pair successfully raised young in a flower pot fixed to the wall beside our front door and got very agitated whenever the mail was delivered.

Hopefully, if the mild winters of recent years persist their numbers will increase.