Date: 9/2/20 7:05 am From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> Subject: [texbirds] 'Early' Winter Wren in Lubbock
I was somewhat startled when I stumbled across a Winter Wren on the TTU HSC campus this morning. I followed it around for about five minutes, ruling out all other alternatives. This is the second record of a first-week-in-September Winter Wren for our region but, given the extended bout of record or near-record heat that has prevailed in the region for at least the last month and a half, it was not a bird I expected to pop up early.
Perhaps, as Justin Bosler suggested in an earlier post regarding other sightings, this is an early retreat from drought-stricken breeding grounds.