The Winter Wren is a rare visitor to the mountains around Tucson in the winter months. Normally preferring southern California and Florida, it occasionally makes its way to our neck of the woods.
The Winter Wren is brown and black speckled, kind of chunky and squat looking. This wren is the only one of its kind found in Europe, Africa and Asia besides North and South America. It breeds in Alaska, Canada and other northern states.
This tiny bird sings up a storm for its size, being compared to a rooster it is 10 times as loud. Its Latin name describes the unusual behavior of crawling into holes looking for insects and spiders.
If you were fortunate enough to see just one, that would be exciting enough, but if you saw a group of them, you could say you saw a “flock”, “chime” or “herd” of them.
References: The Nature of Madera Canyon by Douglas W. Moore, Friends of Madera, 1999; Whatbird.com