Rehabbing the Sauna – Brimson, MN

I recently made it back to my “homestead” in extreme Northern Minnesota to visit my friend Peter. One of our projects was to rehab the old sauna on our original property. It took us half a day to cut down trees, brush out the chimney, and clean up after the critters who had been using it as winter quarters for the past ten years. But it was worth it to have a real wood-fired Finnish bath!

Plain-Tailed Wrens Sing a Duet

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Source: Science 334(6056):666-670

Wrens are one of my favorite bird families. Our local representative is the Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) whose song resembles a pleasant car alarm [listen]. In a recent paper by Eric Fortune at al published in Science there are several recordings of Plain-Tailed Wrens (Pheugopedius euophrys) from South America singing what are obviously coordinated duets. I’d love to have these in my backyard!