Re: Wrentit -  7/16/99

From: Tom & Jo Heindel
Date: 7/19/99
Time: 9:06:20 AM
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If you want to add Wrentit to your list this is the area to go as the other sites require much walking/hiking. This site is 300-400 meters from where you park your car. This morning a group was treated to at least three Wrentits and probably four with a visual opportunity on only one. This species has been ranked as one of the ten most difficult to SEE in North America so be warned! Bewick's Wrens, Spotted Towhees and Song Sparrows all produced songs with the same or similar cadence but with a different quality. The best technique is to find one singing, crawl inside the willows, place your portable stool on the ground in the shade and wait. The view inside is open and your chances of seeing the bird are far better than standing outside hoping the bird hops into an opening so you get a peak. DO NOT take a tape in and play it to death. One song every one minute or so is more than enough to tease them in. Overplaying the song will probably result in them hiding from the "macho singer". Good luck!