Winter Wren & Brown Creeper, January 12th
- Around noon today, while searching for a Brown Creeper reported on the
Tallahassee CBC January 1st, we found a WINTER WREN at Lake Jackson
Mounds Archaeological State Park (off Crowder Road in Tallahassee). The
wren was seen from the nature trail that starts at the parking lot. We
followed the trail through the woods to the first bridge that crosses a
small stream. The wren was discovered on the left side of the bridge in
the vegetation along the stream bank. It was very secretive, but
eventually we both got good looks.
Although we did not find the creeper, the male WILSON'S WARBLER that had
also been reported on the CBC was feeding near the entrance to the
nature trail. (Last Sunday, January 5th, we observed the Wilson's in
the same spot. Dean heard a creeper that day, and Michael Evans had
located two Brown Creepers down near the stream before we arrived.)
Two hours after returning home today, Sally was looking out a window and
spotted a BROWN CREEPER climbing up a dead oak right in the backyard!
That is the first creeper we have seen in our yard since 1991.
The Rufous Hummingbird banded on Friday, January 10th, has not been seen
since. We're still hoping it will return.
Sally and Dean Jue