3 days ago
Last week i had the opportunity to drive up to loess bluffs nwr the day before the cold and snow came flying through. i have never hidden the fact that i enjoy raptors the most of all the birds, but i know and see more than just raptors in my birding journeys. 😊
i was driving the refuge auto tour and had pulled over and turned off the car to see what might come out if i sat there quietly for a few minutes. everything that surfaced is enough for half a dozen other stories, but when i heard a bird start singing very, very loudly, right in front of me, i started staring at this tree/brush pile about 15 yds. in front of me. i was hoping for movement so i could id what i was hearing. after what seemed like an eternity (but was probably a minute and a half, tops) i caught movement. using my binoculars i saw this little brown bird that was very "wren-like" but i knew it wasn't the same as the carolina wrens i see near me. i was also pretty sure it wasn't a house wren, because they are usually more of a light brown, and a little bigger. so i snapped a few photos, then took a screenshot of the back of my camera and used the (cornell university's) merlin birding app to upload the photo to see if it came back with anything. when the winter wren came up, i knew i had my bird match!
it's listed as "uncommon" for the area i was in, but there is a thin band on the range map for migration - right where i was! i wonder if it flew south ahead of our colder weather, or if it's still there?