Verification of Unusual
Rec. # 2013-23
|Scientific name:||Troglodgytes hiemalis|
|Date:||20 February 2013|
|Length of time observed:||40 minutes|
|Location:||Grove Creek Canyon, Pleasant Grove|
|Distance to bird:||10-20 feet.|
|Optical equipment:||Kowa spotting scope and 8x40 Leopold Bins|
|Description: Size of bird:||Small|
|(Description:) Basic Shape:||short tailed wren|
|(Description:) Overall Pattern:||brown|
|(Description:) Bill Type:||thin and pointy|
Field Marks and
Small wren with thin pointy bill. Brown all over, with a pale eyebrow. Throat
and sides of face a little paler brown than the body with some pale speckling.
Belly and undertail darker, faint dark streaks on the flanks. Short tail cocked
I uploaded some videos to YouTube. You can find them at the following links. It was windy out and I was breathing close to the microphone. Try to ignore those noises.
http://youtu.be/v8dAUjCDWk0 - the bird is not in this video but it is a clear recording of the call note that made me think this bird was a Winter Wren.
http://youtu.be/txbNj5wHY-U - This video shows what looks like a pale speckled throat and face. The wren is making a fast chattering call.
http://youtu.be/oyjiUwzKq4Y - This is a longer video. Close up of the wren but I was shooting through a thousand branches so it isn't a great view. The bird is making the "jip-jip" call.
The photos I submitted are stills from these videos.
|Song or call & method of delivery:||Made a double call note "Jit-Jit" Sounding similar to a Song Sparrow in quality. See recording and videos. It also made a fast staccato scolding call. You can hear it in one of the videos. I compared the recordings I made to recordings of both Winter and Pacific Wrens on the website www.xeno-canto.org/ and I feel the bird sounded like a Winter Wren.|
|Behavior:||Skulking low in the thick brush, close to the ground. It would disappear deep in the brush then pop up in a completely different area, call and scold for a minute, then disappear again. It never sat out in the open. All my views of the bird were looking through a bunch of twigs.|
|Habitat:||Thick brushy habitat at the mouth a canyon in the foothills. It was in a thicket of skunkbrush, aka squawbush sumac.|
were they eliminated:
|A Pacific Wren would have a drier, harder, sharper call note. Most Pacific Wrens would show a warmer, more solid brown color on the throat and the sides of the face.|
this & similar species:
|I have seen and heard several Pacific Wrens. But I'm not overly familiar with them. I have heard a few Winter Wrens back east. I identified these as Winter by range, after the split.|
|References consulted:||Sibley Guide. http://www.xeno-canto.org/|
|Description from:||Notes made later|
|Observer's address:||850 E 100 N Pleasant Grove, UT|
|Observer's e-mail address:||**|
|Other observers who independently identified this bird:||Bryan Shirley saw it the day after.|
|Date prepared:||21 February 2013|
|Additional material:||Photos, Audio Tape, Video [links in write-up]|