Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2018-74

Common name:

Winter Wren

Scientific name: Troglodytes Hiemalis
Date: 12/17/2018
Time: 9:55 AM
Length of time observed: 60 minutes
Number: 1
Location: 40.235,-111.725
County: UT
Latilong: 6, SLC-Provo
Distance to bird: 5 feet - 40 feet
Optical equipment: 8x40 binoculars
Weather: Overcast
Light Conditions: Plenty of light
Description:        Size of bird: Golf ball sized
(Description:)       Basic Shape: Very round, Wren shaped Golf ball with short tail angled up
(Description:)  Overall Pattern: Brown with dark barring on wings
(Description:)            Bill Type: Thin and short
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
Bird is very small (golf ball sized) and is brown overall. Lighter brown on throat with some small white spots in the more darkly barred wings. Faint white eyebrow. Black bill. Very short tail almost constantly vertical or angled.
(see photos)
Song or call & method of delivery:  "Check-check....check-check..." Most of the time. At one point the call changed to more of a faster paced "kit-kit-kit-kit....kit-kit-kit-kit"
(see video1 & see video2)
Behavior: Moving rapidly from location to location. Almost entire time was spent on the ground at the base of bushes and trees. A few minutes were spent calling higher up in some branches.
Habitat: Spent entire time on the ground by or in the bushes on the bank of Provo River.
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
Very small bird with tail elevated - obviously a Wren. All but two species were eliminated because of the very short tail. The bird was determined to be a Winter Wren instead of a Pacific Wren because of the sound of the two calls it made.
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
 First time experience with Winter Wren but I have had experience with other wrens (Rock, Canyon, Marsh, Cactus)
References consulted: Merlin Bird ID, iBird Pro
Description from: From memory
From photo(s) taken at the time of the sighting
Observer: Dan Carpenter
Observer's address:  319 W 730 S
Observer's e-mail address: **
Other observers who independently identified this bird: Only an eBird representative looking at my photos and videos.
Date prepared: 12/17/2018
Additional material:

PhotosVideo1 & Video2

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