Tuesday, August 07, 2012

A Carolina Wren!

Carolina Wren at nest (image from USF&WS)

I've returned to walking the Pheasant Branch creek corridor trail and will be visiting this part of the conservancy daily from now until warbler migration subsides in early October. I was pleasantly surprised to find a singing Carolina Wren in the patch of woods between the creek corridor and Parisi Park today. About a decade ago there were hardly ever any Carolina Wrens at PBC, but they established a solid population in 2006. After a few years of having them there in good numbers, I guess I took them a little for granted. In 2010 they abruptly vanished from the corridor and I really missed their cheerful and bold song during my early morning birding excursions. As you can see from the chart below, now they're only occasionally observed at Pheasant Branch today. I hope this sighting marks a beginning of their return.

Though this species was once fairly common at Pheasant Branch Conservancy, I haven't been able to get a nice profile pose of one. Here's one of the best shots I have of a Carolina Wren:

Pheasant Branch, Dane, US-WI
Aug 7, 2012 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM
45 species

Canada Goose 
Wood Duck 
Blue-winged Teal 
Great Blue Heron 
Green Heron 
American Kestrel 
Ring-billed Gull 
Mourning Dove 
Chimney Swift 
Red-bellied Woodpecker 
Downy Woodpecker 
Hairy Woodpecker 
Northern Flicker 
Eastern Wood-Pewee 
Eastern Phoebe 
Eastern Kingbird 
Warbling Vireo 
Red-eyed Vireo 
Blue Jay 
American Crow
Purple Martin
Barn Swallow 
Black-capped Chickadee 
Tufted Titmouse 
White-breasted Nuthatch 
Carolina Wren 
House Wren 
Marsh Wren 
American Robin 
Gray Catbird 
European Starling 
Cedar Waxwing 
American Redstart 
Song Sparrow 
Swamp Sparrow 
Northern Cardinal 
Indigo Bunting 
Eastern Meadowlark 
Brown-headed Cowbird 
Baltimore Oriole 
House Finch 
American Goldfinch 
House Sparrow 

Bottom Carolina Wren © 2012 Mike McDowell

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