Pacific Wrens are hard to photograph, at least for me! They used to be called Winter Wrens, but their name was changed a few years ago. This little bird with the upright tail was foraging near a small pond in our creek. Our neighbor, Karen Tracy, pointed this bird out to me. Thanks, Karen!
Also seen was another inconspicuous bird, a Brown Creeper.
In the bottom photo, the Creeper caught a bug!
We are having a warm day here on the Mendonoma coast today. With the clear horizon last night, Rick and I saw a small green flash at sunset, bringing feelings of gratitude and happiness.
It's called fledging when the chicks leave their nest, testing their wings for the first time. Sometimes the beginning flying lessons can go awry. But in the case of a group of young Pacific Wrens, according to John Batchelder, they were hopping around in several bushes, doing just fine.
John commented that this fledgling's beak looks too big for its head. I agree! But we know he or she will grow into that big break. Here's a photo of an adult singing, taken by Craig Tooley.
We loved this photo so much, we included it in our book, Mendonoma Sightings Throughout the Year. This bird used to be called a Winter Wren. They have the most lovely song, which echoes through the forest in the spring and early summer. You can hear it here: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Pacific_Wren/sounds
Thanks to John and Craig for allowing me to share their photos with you here. To see much more of Craig's nature photography, here is his website: www.ruffimage.com
Male birds are singing to attract a mate and it is beautiful to hear. Richard Kuehn and Dean Schuler took a walk yesterday and found these birds - a Pacific Wren [formally called Winter Wren] and a Wilson's Warbler.
To hear the sound of a Pacific Wren, here is the link to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology: http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Pacific_Wren/sounds. And to hear the Wilson's Warbler, here is the link: http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Wilsons_Warbler/sounds
Thanks to Rich for allowing me to share his photos with you here.
Pacific Wrens used to be called Winter Wrens but their name was changed by the powers that be a while back. They are year round residents of the Mendonoma Coast. Richard Kuehn had one pose for him recently.
This bird resides in forests and eats insects. We have several that live on our property. In the spring, the male's call is magnificent to hear. It seems to go on - well - nearly forever.
To hear a male singing in the spring, here's the link to the Macaulay Library: http://macaulaylibrary.org/audio/50129/troglodytes-pacificus-pacific-wren-united-states-oregon-geoffrey-keller But the one Rick and I heard singing last week outdid the one on this recording!
Thanks to Rich for allowing me to share his photo with you here.