rock wren 1
Rare bird! For Missouri atleast. This bird is the 13th record of the rock wren in the state. Number 12 was a few months ago in Springfield. Its been hanging out for about a week and a half and I had a work appointment fairly close to where it was spotted. I found it in the debris field its been noted in fairly quickly upon arriving. Then plagued by camera issues I was fearfull I wasnt going to get a shot. The batteries were so low and cold, i had to warm them in my palms for 30 seconds to get about 10 shots out then, the camera would power down to record the image. So between the cold temps, shakey hands, slow and poor autofocus and a camera that was dead, this dude hung out with. As i was getting ready to leave, the camera was DEAD, he popped up on this stump and posed. 42 shots later the camera wouldnt even power on. SUCCESS!!!