1. quotetheunquote says

    Hi rq
    Glad you enjoyed the photo.

    Re: Fairywrens -- yes, awesome! But a different family; the Australian “wrens” are quite a bit different that the “new world+ Eurasia” wrens,

    I think they were just given that common name because some European collector saw that they were small and had sticky-up tails, and so named it after the bird he knew that was most similar.

    (This sort of thing happens all the time in ornithology, c.f. Australian “robins”, North American “sparrows”, North and South American “orioles” etc, etc.)

  2. kestrel says

    Wonderful! And carrying nesting material too, perhaps? I have house wrens nesting in one of my bluebird boxes. They make a great companion in the garden and I like to hear them.

  3. rq says

    Yeh, I know that, but it got me hooked on wrens. :)
    (Similarly, here, the starling and the blackbird are both considered strazds (mājas, melnais) when they’re quite different birds.)

  4. Ice Swimmer says

    A stylish dinosaur. Wren is peukaloinen in Finnish, peukalo means thumb, so it’s something like thumbling or thumb-length. This species is tyrannipeukaloinen according to the Pffft (tyrant wren).

  5. Patricia Phillips says

    Yesterday, while walking on a local trail through an oak forest by an old quarry, I heard a woodpecker calling. I stopped to look and overhead flew a pileated woodpecker! So beautiful. I hadn’t actually seen one for several years.

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