Not much of a photo in very contrasty light; likely a juvenal still being fed by parents. Taken during the Breeding Bird Atlas project along the Salinas River.
HOUSE WREN is a comm summer resident in riparian and most undergrowth throughout much of California. In winter, most (all?) populations move south or towards the coast, and pretty fair numbers winter in southern California, particularly along the coast. It becomes increasingly scarce in winter to the north. Only a few are found each winter, for example, on the Monterey Peninsula or in the Central Valley.
The only California records are listed below are (1) my personal "state bird" and (2) those with unusual dates or locales. All my other observations are well within normal status & distributional limits. Those preceded by H were vagrants or scarce winterers (north of MTY) found or co-found by me personally. Within these parameters, these are my personal House Wren records of interest:
5/17/89 Rio Lindo Academy, Healdsburg SON (my life bird)See the family page for county abbreviations. All photos & text © 2002 Don Roberson; all rights reserved.
H 12/18/83 Santa Cruz SCZ (only a few winter here)
H11/25/00 Spenceville Wildlife Area NEV (scare in winter here)
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