A Rock Wren!


Current mood: happy
Category: Pets and Animals

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!

Currently reading :
The Sibley Guide to Birds
By David Allen Sibley
Release date: By 03 October, 2000

About Karen Joy

I'm a partially-homeschooling mother of six -- 3 boys ages 19, 17 and 15 years old, and three girls: 11, 8, and 3. I like birding, reading, writing, organic gardening, singing, playing guitar, hiking, the outdoors, and books. I very casually lead a very large group of homeschooling families in the Phoenix area. I have a dear hubby who designs homes for a local home builder and who is the worship pastor of our church. I live in the desert, which I used to hate, but now appreciate.

Posted on July 20, 2006, in Books I'm Reading, Life in the Desert, Loving Nature!. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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