The Winter Wren. I heard one singing this morning and I threw open my window to take in his full song. I love the song of the winter wren, hands down it's my favorite. The winter wren's song seems to go on forever, but in reality its a mere 5-10 seconds. The rich, high-pitched, rising and falling song is made up of 30 to 50 individual notes and trills, often sung so rapidly it is hard to distinguish them. (Check out the link to listen) http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/winter_wren/sounds
The scientific name Troglodytes hiemalis is taken from the Greek word "troglodytes" (from "trogle" a hole, and "dyein" to creep), meaning "cave-dweller", and refers to its habit of disappearing into cavities or crevices while foraging or to roost. They are usually close to the ground foraging for insects, spiders and seeds. Nests are usually found on or near the ground, often in the upturned roots of a fallen tree. Luckily for us, it's long, loud and melodious song (a voice 10 times more powerful, ounce for ounce, than a crowing rooster) make us aware of it's presence.
AMC Senior Naturalist/ Pinkham Program Manager N. Pizzo
Photo: AMC File