The Carolina Wren Nesting Preferences
Carolina wrens prefer natural nesting sites located in woodlands, thickets, brushy hollows, and swamps and along the banks of streams where there is plentiful cover. They usually make use of woodpecker holes, the open crotch of a tree, the upturned roots of a fallen tree, on the ground under dense undergrowth or again near tree roots, in holes on stone walls and even in grain sheaves in open fields. In short, they prefer to build nests in low elevations.
Due to the growing density of human population Carolina wrens do not always have the option to build nests in wild spots like that. However, Carolina wrens do not have a really difficult time adapting to their environment and are fairly tolerant of human activities. In fact they often use man-made objects such as glove compartment of abandoned cars, garages, old shoes, bird houses, shelves, mailboxes, pockets of old coats, covers of propane tanks, pails, pitchers, tin cans and pretty much any kind of snug nook and cranny available as their nesting holes. Carolina wrens have also been reported nesting in old hornets nests and ivy vines that grow in porches.
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