Remember our call to birders last week, asking for help identifying a bird heard on the Parks in Focus: Montana hike up to Avalanche Lake? To refresh your memory, we heard the bird at about 3,900 feet along a cold glacier spring in a cedar/hemlock forest. The call is below.
Thanks to Udall Scholar and “Birder at Large,” Noah Strycker and Lewis and Clark Professor Kenneth Clifton, the bird was identified as a Pacific Wren (formerly called a Winter Wren). These wrens tend to live in closed-canopy conifer forests as long as there is a dense understory. You can find out more about their range in Montana here.
We really appreciate the help!