SeEtta Moss, Brandon Percival, Mymm Ackley; I don't know who found the bird originally.
Species, Date, Time and Location Information
Duration (total time in view):
about 5 minutes total
At the 1/4 mile marker on the Bluff Trail, Canon City Riverwalk
Brushy slope above the riverwalk in a cut-over area between stretches of mature deciduous forest; I believe the area just over the crest of the hill is a residential neighborhood.
Eagle Optics 8x42 binoculars
ca. 100 feet
Light was very low to the west; bird was to the south in shade, but still reasonably well lit from the side.
Description of the Bird
We saw the bird perched up singing on a low cut-over stump. It was larger and chunker-bodied than a House Wren, but smaller than a Song Sparrow; its tail was medium-long and brown. It had a solid rufous back and warm buffy underparts. When it turned its head I could see a distinct white supercilium running from above the bill to well behind the eye, contrasting strongly with the darker brown crown and the dark line through the eye. The bill was long and thin, maybe barely decurved.
Behaviors: The bird sang from an exposed perch about 4 feet off the ground on a cut-over brushy slope with mature deciduous forest and edge habitats in the immediate vicinity.
Call: Bird sang several times during the 45 minutes that I was in the area. Its first song was a strict monotone series of three-noted contiguous high clear musical whistled phrases, the first note of each phrase highest and the second lowest, in a classic "teakettle-teakettle" pattern; the phrases were repeated 4-6 times at ca. 2/sec. The bird sang in this fashion a number of times, then fell silent. Later it sang a similar strict monotone series of whistled phrases, but these phrases were two-noted, the first note higher, a repeated "peter-peter-peter" at ca. 3/sec for 2-3 sec.
Similar Species Discussion
Bewick's Wren is similar, but not as chunky, with a longer tail, and without the rufous tones on the back or (especially) below. Song of Bewick's Wren is also completely different, recalling Song Sparrow much more than Carolina Wren.
I have a lot of experience with Carolina Wren, especially after my 2-week Ivory-billed Woodpecker search in Arkansas in March/April 2006, where I heard them hundreds of times each day and saw dozens.
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Date Documentation Submitted
4/27/2007 4:34:00 PM