[Tweeters] Rock Wren continues on Whidbey

Tom Mansfield birds at t-mansfield.com
Wed Mar 28 06:32:54 PDT 2012

Tweets - I might add that when I went up to find the Rock Wren about a month ago, there was a Pacific Wren in the driftwood quite close to the old concrete debris and I nearly gave up the search thinking there might have been a mistaken identity (no offense intended Carla, I know you know your birds!). But it was a beautiful morning so I continued on south along the bank about a half mile or so to where there was a larger debris field of trees/rocks that had slid from the bluff. That's where I found the Rock Wren.

Tom Mansfield

From: tweeters-bounces at mailman1.u.washington.edu [mailto:tweeters-bounces at mailman1.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of Carla Corin
Sent: Saturday, March 24, 2012 12:56 PM
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Subject: RE: [Tweeters] Rock Wren continues on Whidbey

Park at the southern lot along West Beach Rd opposite Swantown (aka Swan or Bos) Lake (The lot at the top of the small bluff, not the Joseph Whidbey State Park lot at the north end of the houses on the spit). Walk south along the beach about 1/2 km. The wren has been in the 100-200 yard stretch just south of the old concrete debris on the beach. Correct that safe access is only at low tide. The bird hangs around the driftwood and the chunks of fallen bluff, usually popping up and flying off a little, but allowing pretty good looks.

Carla Corin
Oak Harbor, WA

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Subject: RE: [Tweeters] Rock Wren continues on Whidbey

Could you please give us more specific directions on how to find this bird? I may try to find it in the next few days. Would it be correct to presume that this area can only be accessed safely at low tide?

Wayne C. Weber
Delta, BC
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Subject: [Tweeters] Rock Wren continues on Whidbey

While doing our COASST survey yesterday on Sunset Beach (north Whidbey, off West Beach Road west of Oak Harbor), we once again saw the Rock Wren. We saw it at the same spot on November 20 and February 11. This beach really gets blasted on windy days, so it's one tough little bird! The area where it hangs out has quite a jumble of logs and fallen chunks of bluff. Also of note were two Eared Grebes, which we rarely see here.

Haven't been down to the Shore Beach Rd/Mutiny Bay area to see if that Rock Wren is still around.

Carla Corin
Oak Harbor

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