- Diet: Carnivore
- Average lifespan in the wild: 6 years
- Size: 5.5 in (14 cm)
- State bird of : South Carolina
- The song record goes to a male Carolina wren who sang 3,000 times in one day
- Among other things, Carolina wrens use snakeskins to build their nests
The second visitor dropped by late at night as we opened the door to let Basil out. There was a scurrying sound behind the curtain and along the baseboard, and I admit my first instinct was to get my feet off the floor. When an inquisitive little nose twitched around the corner of the curtain, I was relieved to see it was only a mouse. (Phew, no raccoon, possum, hyena, mountain lion!) It's a funny thing that no number of adult years can compare to growing up in a country when it comes to being comfortable with its wildlife. Not for the first time did I notice the gap beneath all the interior doors since the carpet was removed, as we tried to limit its path and herd him back outside. He eluded us for about an hour before concluding that a labrador might not be the ideal housemate, and with a haughty flick of his tail left the way he'd come in.
Photo: James Politte (http://WashingtonDCMetroWeb.com)