Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Animal Wednesday - Winter Wren

Sunday while we were out birding we got a real treat. We pulled up to a spot to listen for birds that might be about and out pops this winter wren. It was quite upset that we were in it's territory. It stood on this stick and did push ups fussing for quite some time.
This behavior was unusual because these little birds are secretive. They only come down into my territory during winter which makes it so appropriate that their common name is Winter Wren. It's scientific name is Troglodytes troglodytes. They breed way up North and are fiesty little birds only 4 inches/10cm long.  
This sighting is the first since 2007 so you can see why I was so excited.
Have you seen any exciting animals lately? Do join us over at Mim's for Animal Wednesday.
HAW to all.

16 comments:

Elizabeth Smith said...

What a lovely wren, Lisa! I miss these little bundles of energy - I don't see them down here though I know the range maps show that they migrate to Florida.

Cris, Artist in Oregon said...

What a lovely litte bird and a lovely surprise. S/He came out just for you and put on a little show for your effort getting out there. :)

laurie said...

what a beautiful wren, I watched an eagle fishing out front of us the other day, thats all I have watched lately.

Robin said...

Oh lovely little Winter Wren!
I adore his name and his sweet self! I'll bet his voice is gorgeous too!

Lisa, you are teaching us all so much about bird and their world! Your posts always fill me with joy.

HAW!

Hugs,

♥ Robin ♥
p.s. Not too many *unusual* Animal Sightings in SF...but I am still reliving my *magical* meeting with Mr. Fox last month!

Deb said...

The detail in this Winter Wren sketch is amazing Lisa ~ fantastic ♥

Teri Casper said...

Oh wow Lisa so beautifully done. What a special treat to see this bird.

HAW

verobirdie said...

I can understand that you are excited to see this little bird.
We have some here too.
The portrait you made of it is stunning.

Lynn said...

Wow, Lisa, Wow!

Cheryl said...

Oh Lisa, this is such a beautiful painting. You have captured little wren perfectly. Well done.

They are shy. Sometimes the wrens that live in the garden carry out the same action, it is very amusing, isn't it?

PAK ART said...

This is a great painting and I love the curly vines.

marianne said...

Oh I love this bird!!!!!
And your painting is Fabulous Lisa!
I see them every now and them in my garden and I must say they are really one of my favorites. They really make me happy when I see them.
They are just so cute!
Once again beautiful painting
♥M

Is this new on the blogs that I have to prove I am not a robot?
I can hardly read those word veri's :(

Katiejane said...

Wow, this is a fantastic painting! You do so well at putting these little birds on paper. I would probably have overlooked this little birdie if I had seen it. I'm hearing lots of bird sounds all around me now. Lots of crows!
One bird I hear keeps saying,"Eee-ow, eee-ow" over and over till I want to choke it! I've no idea what I'm hearing. It's not a hawk, but something with a pretty sing-song voice. I hope it gets a mate soon. :-)

Mim said...

amazing painting and amazing that you got to see this troglodyte (was that it)

SandyCarlson said...

Amazing. I think birds have a way of looking proud.

Cowgirl Red said...

What a fun encounter! I'm hopping over to Animal Wednesday to check it out. Terah

yoon see said...

Wow! What a splendid surprise!!!

The little bird is so alive too here!
I wonder how long you took to finish your beautiful illustration. I can imagine that you patiently put down every strokes and paints to form this brilliant piece.