Winter Wren – March-2021

Winter Wren photographed at Creve Coeur Lake Park.

Winter Wren, Creve Coeur Lake Park, St. Louis Co, MO.
Winter Wren, Creve Coeur Lake Park, St. Louis Co, MO.

-OZB

 

Winter has Finally Come!

No, I’m not referring to that no account, poor excuse of a season we witnessed a few months back.  What I was finally able to do was capture a few pics of a Winter Wren.  I have never been able to get more than a fleeting glance at this skulking bird as it somehow is able to hide by rarely moving more than a few feet off the ground.  This spring, however, I was in the right place (Shaw Nature Reserve) and was lucky to find a few of these birds and follow them long enough to get a few poor quality images.

Winter Wren
Winter Wren

With more than 35 recognized subspecies, the Winter Wren has an enormous range and is the only member of the wren family to be found outside of the Americas.

Winter Wren
Winter Wren

According to NatGeo, “Per unit weight the Winter Wren delivers its song with 10 times more power than a crowing rooster”.  I was able to hear the quite complex and rapid musical songs as I watched one or two of these birds foraging.  I could tell they were merely partial songs and not delivered with full attention and voice as is often the case of migrating birds, but I was still awed by the sounds.

Winter Wren Tail
Winter Wren Tail

The photo above focuses on the quite short tail of the Winter Wren, a distinguishing and obvious field mark.

Although the next photo is quite poor, I like that it captured the typical squat, egg-like shape of the bird.

Winter Wren
Winter Wren

Finally, I thought I would add an image of a House Wren that I took on the same day, the first of this species that I found this spring.  Notice the much longer tail and the lack of any barring pattern on the flanks forward of the legs.  A generally paler bird.

House Wren
House Wren

 

-OZB