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#1 GreatHorn

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Posted 28 September 2012 - 11:54 PM

I'm not so much asking for ID as I am asking for advice on telling between House and Winter Wren in the future. I went to the woods today and there were plenty of wrens along the trails. However, they stayed hidden in the brush religiously. Couldn't get good looks at them in the slightest, but they are more than likely Houses.

However, I did notice that they were very small (supports Winter), foraged strictly on the ground (supports Winter?), and their call note seemed more pleasant than the harsh, chattery call of the House (supports Winter)

Please don't judge me for posting these "pictures." :( The lighting was nil and I had 0.2 seconds to take a shot before they flew away and blah blah blah..... (at least you can see tail length in these shots... which unfortunately looks more in favor of House)

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Thanks for taking precious time out of your day to read my ranting

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Posted 29 September 2012 - 12:03 AM

looks like winter nut impossible to tell for sure
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#3 GreatHorn

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Posted 29 September 2012 - 12:43 AM

looks like winter nut impossible to tell for sure

That much is true, I admit :D
So if it's nut impossible, is it cashew impossible? Or almond impossible?

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Posted 29 September 2012 - 12:45 AM

I think Carolina Wren for the first, and Winter Wren for the second.

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Posted 29 September 2012 - 12:48 AM

Second one might be a baked turkey leg. Were you by chance at an outdoor restaurant or renaissance fair?
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Posted 29 September 2012 - 12:52 AM

Second one might be a baked turkey leg. Were you by chance at an outdoor restaurant or renaissance fair?

*sigh* I said no judging! No judging!

And I am super jealous of your latest lifer, by the way

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Posted 29 September 2012 - 01:08 AM

*sigh* I said no judging! No judging!

And I am super jealous of your latest lifer, by the way


Haha, sorry. Winter wren seems like it might be a good guess for the second one.

As for my lifer, it's no big deal. I'd claim the reward, but hey, I'm not in it for the money.
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Posted 29 September 2012 - 01:15 AM

Haha, sorry. Winter wren seems like it might be a good guess for the second one.

As for my lifer, it's no big deal. I'd claim the reward, but hey, I'm not in it for the money.


Where'd y'u find it mate? I'm going! Have you reported it? XD

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Posted 29 September 2012 - 01:24 AM

Where'd y'u find it mate? I'm going! Have you reported it? XD


Woah hold on now, I can't reveal my secret spot and have wave after wave of opportunistic bird watchers disturbing this rare bird's fragile habitat, stressing him out and such. It's better off if I don't say. For the good of the bird.
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Posted 29 September 2012 - 01:34 AM

Woah hold on now, I can't reveal my secret spot and have wave after wave of opportunistic bird watchers disturbing this rare bird's fragile habitat, stressing him out and such. It's better off if I don't say. For the good of the bird.


Very good point.

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Posted 08 October 2012 - 11:38 PM

FINALLY I found one again this evening! And in these pictures you can actually tell there's a bird in them.

1. Confirm lifer Winter Wren (all same bird)
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2. This is just a description - I spooked a bird out of the grass on a dune and into the nearby pine trees. I caught a one-second glimpse of it: Thick gray eyebrow, buffy sides with fine streaking, long rufous tail.... my lifer Lincoln's Sparrow! Do you agree? The behavior and habitat alone is good for Lincoln's.

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Posted 08 October 2012 - 11:43 PM

I can confirm your Winter Wren. Your description sounds like Lincoln's, but can't be for sure without a photo.
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Posted 09 October 2012 - 12:09 AM

second the Winter Wren

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 01:23 AM

Your description sounds like Lincoln's, but can't be for sure without a photo.

On your end, that is true. But as the person who saw the bird, I disagree :P

Thanks for the feedback, guys. If anybody else has comments that's appreciated. I had a good little trip this evening!

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 02:39 AM

House Wrens have moved on already in MI. Winter and Carolina Wrens will be the only options you'll have in wooded areas.
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Posted 09 October 2012 - 04:52 AM

Good job catching those winter wren pics! I've seen one in my life, no picture, have been waiting ever since to see another one. :(
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