Family: (Troglodytidae) Wrens
Preferred Habitat: Woodlands, often close to water.
Seasonal Occurrence: Uncommon late October through early March.
Notes: Winter Wrens, as their name implies, are uncommon winter residents on the Upper Gulf Coast. They are most easily found at dawn when they are quite vocal. Otherwise they can be very difficult to spot as their cryptic coloring makes an excellent camouflage. Compared with House Wrens, Winter Wrens have shorter, stubby tails and darker coloring. Typically, they are seen close to the ground, as they scurry for insects through brush piles or along streams. In Houston, Bear Creek Park is a reliable location to look for Winter Wrens.
- Susan Billetdeaux