First post from New Brunswick! Carolina Wren

In my current stage of life, I am somewhere between a casual and avid birder. My wife and I have three boys under the age of four so I typically don’t drop everything to chase after a rare bird. Someday that will probably be me, but for now I am content to find as many birds as possible in the county where I live.

Carleton County is relatively “unbirded”. There aren’t a lot of reports from this part of New Brunswick as you can see here;

There shouldn’t be just one primary birder in a county and hopefully that will eventually change. It appears I go birding all the time, but that isn’t the case at all. There are a few other birders around and they use some of the other mediums I am about to describe. is what I use the most out of the different birding sites for New Brunswick. It keeps track of my life list for every province/state/country etc. where I go birding and I can see each checklist submitted by other users. Hopefully anyone who reads this posts already uses ebird, but if you don’t, go sign up!

Here are the other main birding sites/e-mail lists that I use in NB; – click on subscribe and you receive e-mails about sightings related to nature from all over the province. This has been running since 1996 and you can search the entire archives. – nearly 900 members! Scroll down and see a map where different members live. Lots of different forums here such as ID Requests and NB Birding Hotspots. – over 700 members. Full of recent sightings & photos as well as an excellent spot to get advice from experienced birders.

Each site or e-mail list is quite different. Some birders, like me, use them all while others might only use one. I keep trying to persuade more birders to use ebird. I will frequently mention this excellent tool because of its many features such as keep tracking of your life list for every province/state and country.

Just last night, a CAROLINA WREN made an appearance in my backyard. This was a new species for my yard and for any of my life lists. I checked all the different sites I highlighted above and it appears this is a first for the county.

Thank you for taking the time to read my first post and I look forward to doing so again on the 23rd of next month!


Nathan Staples





About Nathan Staples

I am a public school teacher who has always lived in New Brunswick. My wife and I have three boys who love to watch birds nearly as much as I do. We currently live in the province's oldest town, Woodstock.
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2 Responses to First post from New Brunswick! Carolina Wren

  1. Thanks for your comment Dale. The Carolina Wren stood out amongst the dozen or so Purple Finches I was watching at my feeders. Once I saw it, I got to hear it sing which was a nice bonus. I searched on ebird and this year only one other has been reported in New Brunswick and just one in Nova Scotia There are more reports in Maine though but again, not everyone uses ebird… You should sign up and submit your rare find! Winter and Marsh Wrens are more ”common” here during this time of year, is it the same for Nova Scotia? That would be great if they are moving north. I would love to see one again.

  2. Dale Dunlop says:

    I came across your post on the Carolina Wren and it helped confirm in my mind that it was indeed a Carolina Wren that I had briefly in my yard at St. Margaret’ s Bay Nova Scotia last week. What alerted me was the very different song coming from a densely branched conifer. I got my binoculars and tried to follow it as it flitted from branch to branch in this tree. It continued its singing and I soon recognized it as a wren, but larger than the species we have in Nova Scotia. The look and song matched with three bird guides I use, but it is not even listed as a rarity on the Nova Scotia Bird Check List so after it flew off I did not put it on my life list of NS birds. I then played the Carolina Wren song from an app on my iPhone and it too was identical with what I heard. Perhaps they are moving north.


    Dale Dunlop