Winter Wren

Troglodytes hiemalisThe day began with a tweet from the City Birder of a photo of a dead Winter Wren (Troglodytes hiemalis) killed by a cat in Green-Wood. So I was pleased several hours later to see two live specimens.

They were living up to their genus name, Troglodytes, going into the nooks and crannies of this retaining wall. The bird’s small, upright tail looks unnaturally abbreviated here, but this is how they roll.

The two birds were not happy to see each other, chasing and squawking when one got too close to the little cave the other was exploring, but they were relatively tolerant of me. Of course, they should flee from all mammals as a matter of course.

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