A Rock Wren!
Current mood: happy
Something that’s cool about birding is that there are always new discoveries. Also, I agree w/ Annie Dillard’s premise in A Pilgrim at Tinker Creek that we see better when we know what to look for. (I think Dillard’s language is bloated, and that she augments her experiences for dramatic purposes, but that’s another story.) It makes me wonder if I’m just better at birding than I used to be, and now I notice more, or if, truly, I’ve just never seen/heard this particular bird before.
I’ve been hearing an odd bird call for the last few days. I’m *not* good at ID’ing birds based upon their calls, but one that I haven’t heard before will certainly pique my interest.
This morning, I finally saw clearly, and believe I identified a Rock Wren. I’m not 100% positive, but I am about 95% sure. Overall, this bird had a wren shape, and the call/song is right, as described in Sibley. The undertail coverts are right, the shape of the bill is exact, the streaking on the breast is right, the buffy flanks are right. But, this bird seemed to be a bit bigger than Sibley’s 6″…. maybe 6 1/2″. Also, the auriculars seemed paler than pictured, and the speckles on the back showed less contrast than pictured. And, I didn’t see the “distinctive” pale, buffy tips on its tail — just didn’t get a clear view of his back while flying, not that they weren’t there.
But, still… I’m adding one to the list. Rock Wren — check!