Krulwich Wonders... What Did Rachel Carson Hear? The Mystery Of The 'Fairy Bell Ringer' June 3, 2013 It's not easy making friends with wild animals, especially when the animal is impossibly small, very shy, hiding under a pile of leaves. But when the writer Rachel Carson heard a "ting! ting! ting!" coming from her backyard — like someone ringing a teeny bell — she had to meet this creature, the one she called "the Fairy Bell Ringer."