Winter Wren

3.5" x 5.5" (9 x 14 cm)
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No. 43 Winter Wren Length 4 inches This little feathered sprite of the woodlands is the despair of those who would make intimate studies of bird-life. It is very small and secretive, and, with its cinnamon-brown upper parts, is difficult to find and follow. The absurdly short tail and small size of this Wren make it easy to identify at all times. Its favorite haunts are brush-heaps, about which it creeps and flits with furtive grace of motion. The roots of upturned trees, mossy logs, the banks of brooks where the water has hollowed out little caves and grottoes, are also much frequented by it. In all such places it finds a welcome retreat. Here it secures the tidbits which go to make up its diet, and also finds protection from enemies. The song of the Winter Wren is described as one of rare beauty, "full of trills, runs, and frace notes," and, as for volume, being altogether out of proportion to the size of the bird. The nest is in brush-heaps, hollow stumps and other similar situations, and consists of grass and weeds lined with feathers. From five to seven eggs are laid. These are white, sparsely speckled with reddish-brown. Classification: Order Passeres. Family Troglodytidae. Scientific name: Nannus hiemalis. Range: Throughout eastern North America, breeding from northern tier of states northward to central Canada. No. 43 from set of 50 Winter Birds of the Northeastern United States. Published by the National Association of Audubon Societies, 1974 Broadway, New York City. Price per set, in a box, $1.00 post paid

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