Sunday, February 3, 2008

Possible Wrentit

Late this afternoon, Michelle cried, "look" from our bedroom window. I came running into the bedroom and saw what she was looking at. There appeared to be similar to Bushtits but larger. Upon further inspection we realized that they had a brownish breast that was streaked, a very long tail and did not behave like Bushtits. Also, there were just two of them, sitting in a dense shrub we have. We get Bushtits on a daily basis and we are certain it was not them. Michelle first spotted one of the birds outside the bathroom window only about 3 feet away from her. The bird then flew into another tree (the one pictured) and she ran into the bedroom and called me in to see them.

After reading through countless books and searching the Internet, the only conclusion we could draw was that it was, in fact, a Wrentit. There is no record in Multnomah County so I realize how this must sound, but after studying the birds in the shrub (and taking notes of its characteristics) we are 99% certain that they were Wrentits.
Here are 3 HORRIBLE photos. Taken with low light, a small camera, through a double paned window. I tried countless times to manipulate the photo with Photoshop and Picture It! to no avail. So here are the pictures as they were taken and maybe someone else has some ideas or a better photo program.

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NW Nature Nut said...

Gosh, I hope it comes back so you can get another chance to photograph it. I can't get enough definition to see it very well. Hope it was something new!

NW Nature Nut said...

Does it have a white stripe over the eye? I tried to crop and enlarge it, but I still couldn't see it very well. I am so intrigued!

Sandy said...

I'll see what I can do in one of my programs...