Documentation of Carolina Wren

Observer Information

Reporter:  Bill Schmoker  3381 Larkspur Dr.,   LONGMONT, CO  80503-7524
Other Observers:  none; First reported 30 May by Ted Floyd, then 31 May by David Waltman.

Species, Date, Time and Location Information

Species:  Carolina Wren
First Date/Time:  6/1/2010
Last Date/Time: 
Duration (total time in view):  approx. 30 minutes
County:  Boulder
Specific Location:  S. Boulder Creek Trail SE of Flatirons Golf Course: 40.006389 N, 105.216111 W
Number:  1
Age:  Unknown
Sex:  Male
Plumage:  Other/Unknown


Riparian Strip with bordering residential area to east and wet meadow to west.

Viewing Conditions

Optics:  Nikon EDG 8 x 42, Panasonic DMC-ZS7
Distance:  About 7 meters at closest
Light:  Overcast, fairly even light against canopy but backlit when seen against sky.

Description of the Bird

Moderately small, overall brown-toned bird. Most prominent features are whitish supercilium in a darker brown cap, longish curving bill, buffy underparts, barring on wing and undertail, and pale throat.
Behaviors: Bird was singing and foraging in mid-canopy along S. Boulder Creek.
Call: Repeatedly singing repeated chanting "teakettle" phrases. Song had a resonant, load character overpowering other nearby singing birds (like Yellow Warbler.) Sound audible on video taken of bird.
Plumage: Adult

Similar Species Discussion

Bill, body structure, and color patterning typical of NA wrens. Larger and longer-tailed than House Wren. Song diagnostic for Carolina Wren.

Resources Used

Sibley Guide to Birds

Previous Experience

I've seen only one other Carolina Wren in Colorado but have seen and heard many others in my travels to more southeasterly states.


Notes made AFTER observation

Additional Information

Comments: Unable to upload video, but it may be seen and heard here:
Time: aprox. 8 am
Other Dates: First reported 30 May by Ted Floyd, then 31 May by David Waltman.
Nearest Town: Boulder
Independent Observers: First reported 30 May by Ted Floyd, then 31 May by David Waltman.

Materials Available

Photographer: Bill Schmoker

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Date Documentation Submitted

6/1/2010 11:02:00 AM
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