Winter Wren (Troglodytes hiemalis), Cluff Ranch WMA, Graham County
This Winter Wren was
found and photographed by Jeff Coker on 17 November 2014
Since being split, the eastern Winter Wren and the western Pacific Wren have posed a formidable challenge for birders in determining definitive ID, visually. Although Pacific Wren is thought to be the expected of the two species in Arizona, Winter Wren continues to be reported regularly across the state, sometimes in equal numbers to Pacific Wrens. However, this pattern seems to vary year to year.
If accepted by the ABC, this would be the first record for Graham County.
Overall, Winter Wren
tends to exhibit a variable patterned underside with a
lighter/pale throat contrasting with darkly barred
flanks, as compared to Pacific Wren that tend to have a
more uniform dark, chestnut-rufous throat continuing
through its breast and underside. Showing of conspicuous
white tips on the wing coverts on this bird are arguably
good for Winter Wren, as well. Determination is best
made by call, and this bird was giving calls described
as matching Winter Wren. It also responded to recordings
of Winter Wren but not to those of Pacific Wren.
17 November 2014, photo by Jeff CokerAll photos are copyrighted© by photographer
Submitted on 18 November 2014