Copyright Barbara Samuelson 1997
This Bewick's wren (Thryomanes bewickii) was photographed at
Tennessee Valley, just north of the Golden Gate Bridge.
These birds are found in brushland, hedgerows, stream edges, and open
woods. They are around 5 1/4" in length. They are a member of the Family
Troglodytidae. The Bewicks wren was named in honor of Thomas Bewick
[1753-1828]. Bewick was not an ornithologist but an artist and craftsman
who developed the art of wood engraving to a high point. Prints prepared
from his woodcuts, although usually very small, were scientifically accurate
and finely detailed.