Cardinal Sound Alike at the Bluffs: February 11, 2022

When you are learning bird calls, the Cardinal voice is one of the easier to identify. However there is another species in our area which produces cardinal-like songs. Though the sound of the Carolina Wren is quite similar to the Cardinal, these rich brown birds have many fewer variations in calls with the pattern “tea kettle tea kettle tea kettle” being the most common. We briefly heard one this morning at the Bluffs.

Here are some photos from previous walks:

Carolina Wren
Carolina Wren
Carolina Wren

Other birds:

House Sparrows
Canada Goose
House Sparrow (female)
Mallard (male)
Hairy Woodpecker (female)
Mallard (male) and American Black Duck (female)
Rock Pigeons
Mallard (male)

Park scenes on this very overcast morning:

Some botany:

White Cedar (Thuja occidentalis)
Weeping Willow (Salix)
Colorado Blue Spruce (Picea pungens)
Colorado Blue Spruce (Picea pungens) cone
London Plane (Platanus hybrida)
Phragmites (Phragmites australis)

Today’s group:


Thought you would appreciate this photo taken by a friend.


And the sprawling Bear
Growled deep in the sky;
And Orion’s hair
Streamed sparkling by:
But the North sighed low,
“Snow, snow, more snow!”               – Walter de la Mare (1873–1956)

Miles Hearn

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