Bird identification

socks

I'll start by apologizing for asking for help with no picture.


Working in the shade garden, I would hear a buzzing from inside a bush, a little creepy. Not a rattlesnake, but didn't seem like a bird call either. Yesterday I spotted the bird, very small, slim rather than chubby. Canary size or smaller. This morning, much to my surprise, I saw it disappear inside the birdhouse shown in the picture, which is very low to the ground.


I'm looking in my bird book and found chipping sparrow and wonder if that could be it. It has a longish white line above its eye. I sat near the birdhouse a while to get a pic, but must be taking morning nap. It hangs out on the bird bath sometimes.


Any thoughts?


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ZachS. z5 Platteville, Colorado

I don’t THINK that there are any cavity nesting sparrows, and chipping sparrows certainly are not. They also have a very distinctive rusty red crown that stands out much more than the white eyebrow.

It sounds like it could be a wren of some kind, especially if it is useing the bird house.

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socks

Thank you for your reply. I'll try to get a photo. I was just out, caught her scurrying over the rocks, maybe trying to lure me away from birdhouse.

Edited: Could be Bewick's Wren

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socks

Finally got some pics. There might be 2 birds.

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tsugajunkie z5 SE WI ♱

Carolina Wren.

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socks

Does the Carolina wren live in Southern California?

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ZachS. z5 Platteville, Colorado

No, it's an eastern bird. Bewick's would be more appropriate for your area at this time of year, possibly Pacific wren depending on how far south you are in California. Regardless you definitely have a wren!

If the bird house is being used, there is probably two birds, the male and female! Congratulations! Having birds chose your yard to raise their babies is quite an honor, in my opinion.

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socks

I'm fairly sure it's Bewick's. All the descriptions I read match up. Thanks for helping point the way. Little things mean a lot these days.


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RescueMom

I was going to say Carolina wren based on the pic, but then I read your location. We have lots of Carolinas here in the northeast and I have one couple who lives in my shrubs outside my deck. Carolinas don’t have white “eyeliner”, though. So I looked up the Bewick’s after reading the responses. Your bird could have been the “model” for the perfect specimen of a Bewick’s wren!

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