Checklist S41333301

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Owner Sam Manning

Traveling
  • 3
  • 0.75 mi
Checklist Comments

With my father and brother. We were briefly birding the WMA, distantly hoping for a Clark's Nutcracker. We walked a little down the path, and then stayed around the parking lot. Weather: Sunny and cold with clear skies, few clouds, and light winds; the sun was setting. ~15-20 F In Mountain Time.

Observations

  1. Number observed: 40
    Breeding Code: F Flyover (Observed)
  2. Cackling/Canada Goose

    Number observed: 2

    Details: Two smaller geese in with the Canada Geese, but I didn't see them well enough to separate a small Canada Goose.

  3. Number observed: 2
  4. Number observed: 1

    Details: ***MEGA. Second NE record. First heard by my brother while we were getting into the car at the parking lot of the WMA. Once I heard it, I knew it was a Winter/Pacific Wren. The bird was calling from the creek directly to the west of the parking lot. It eventually headed east, and it moved around us and the parking lot for 5-10 minutes before returning to the creek. The bird was a dark "stub-tailed" wren with a warm rufous wash from its throat to its stomach. Its throat was generally the same color the entire way through, and it lacked the numerous white spots on flight feathers of a Winter Wren. The throat color is best shown in ML79352541. The bird was calling the entire time of our observation of it, and it responded back to Pacific Wren calls we played. The calls can be heard in the recording uploaded to this checklist (volume should probably be turned up a lot when listening to it). These calls match Pacific Wren well with a tone similar to that of a Wilson's Warbler. The spectrogram also shows a "concentration" in the 6-7 kilohertz area while a Winter Wren should show this "concentration" in the 3-4 kilohertz range.

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