The WINTER WREN is a breeding species of coniferous forest undergrowth in the coastal ranges of northern California and in the Sierra Nevada. It may be most common in moist redwood forests of the northwest, but breeds in similar habitat south along the coast to n. SLO. Wintering birds are more widespread throughout thick undergrowth in the lowlands, but generally avoiding the deserts; rather scarce in southern California.
The only California records are listed below are those with unusual dates or locales. All my other observations are well within normal status & distributional limits. Those preceded by H were vagrants found or co-found by me personally. Within these parameters, these are my personal Winter Wren records of interest:
12/18/77 Tapia Park, Malibu LA scarce hereSee the family page for county abbreviations. All photos & text © 2003 Don Roberson; all rights reserved.
6/5/82 Pacific Grove MTY in my yard; very late migrant or lost summerer?
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