Got off work 1 hour early today and decided to head over to Maplewood Flats to see if any crossbills were still around.
It was pouring rain but i have rain gear and figured i would probably have the place to myself (almost, had to share it with quite a few deer), first bird of any note was a Greater Yellowlegs foraging and dining on crabs on the beach.
did the walk around the park and it was uneventful, until i was almost back to the beginning and noticed a strange pale bird on the hand rail of the bridge, first impression was a warbler but it flew before i could get it in my camera sights only to end up on the rocks below. It was then that i realized i had a wren, and a wren i had not had the pleasure of meeting before. Right away i figured it had to be a Rock Wren, i know what all the other species look like and this was different.
Couldn't believe my luck, months earlier i had gotten very wet in the pouring rain at Hope Slide looking for the reported birds there unsuccessfully and here was one on my home turf! yes, it was raining but it was all worthwhile to get a few shots off.
The bird was first sighted just before 12pm and was still around the bridge when i left.