Post by murraybrown on Feb 5, 2010 15:58:43 GMT -8
On Friday morning while fishing along the Fraser, west of Agassiz, a wren species was spotted moving along the rock rip-rap. Because I was fishing and not carrying binoculars, a positive identification could not be made. It could have been a Bewick's Wren but because of it's colouring, behavior, and habitat, it had all the earmarks of a Rock Wren. A fisherman friend of mine saw the bird in the same location one day last week and we're hoping we can relocate and photograph this relatively uncommon species. It's a bird I have a lot of familiarity with, having observed them in the B.C. Interior, Alberta bad-lands, and in Arizona. I've got my fingers crossed!
Post by murraybrown on Feb 6, 2010 12:47:47 GMT -8
I will keep going back for the next few days in the hopes of relocating it. However, two hours yesterday proved unproductive and there are literally kilometers of similar habitat along that stretch of river.
I'll give an update one way or the other in a few days.
Post by murraybrown on Feb 15, 2010 10:19:11 GMT -8
Well it's been ten days since the original sighting and after several unsuccessful return trips to the wren's location, I have to conclude the bird has moved on. I will be going back from time to time and will certainly post if it shows again.
Post by murraybrown on Feb 15, 2010 12:49:18 GMT -8
Hi Gord; no not at all. This was along Limbert Rd. heading west from the mountain of the same name.
About a half kilometer West of Cameron Rd. is a dyke that the road crosses. Park there and head for the river. On your right is a deep pond which I mention only to indicate you're in the right spot. At the river's edge is a steep and slippery trail. At the bottom is a stream that will require rubber boots to negotiate.
To your right or West, is long slough that eventually reaches the main-stem Fraser. About 200 M. from where you came out is a beaver lodge. The wren was on the rip-rap above the lodge. (Also got some photos of a Mink that was using the lodge as a resting spot)
Good luck, and with more eyes we might find the bird again!