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Carolina wrens (Thryothorus ludovicianus Latham) have very engaging white eyebrows, attractive tweedy breasts, and tiny, ineffective brains.

When I lived in North Carolina, I had a bird feeder outside my back window. One day I moved it because the damn squirrels were plundering it. The other birds figured out that the feeder had moved right away.

The next day, however, I awoke to the sound of a very angry little bird. I looked out the window and saw that a Carolina wren was determined to use the feeder in its old location, in spite of the fact that said feeder was no longer there. The wren would...

  1. fly to the spot in space where the feeder had been,
  2. "land,"
  3. drop like a rock,
  4. catch itself before it cratered,
  5. fly to a perch and natter and complain, then
  6. repeat from step 1.

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