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3 hours ago, Aaron said:

I’d lean more to pacific wren. Winter wrens don’t normally come down south enough into Alberta to make it to lake louise, but I know of a few recorded sightings in Calgary and around Banff, but not many.

Yeah, I think you're right. I'm not familiar with them, and my old Sibleys doesn't even have Pacific Wrens in it. Guess I need to update my field guide!! 

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They used to be the same species as winter wren, so a relatively ‘new’ bird. I guess that only occurred in 2010. 
I’m not sure you can actually tell the difference between the two other than by voice. (?) I guess Pacific is pretty much just the western version 

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1 hour ago, Aaron said:

They used to be the same species as winter wren, so a relatively ‘new’ bird. I guess that only occurred in 2010. 
I’m not sure you can actually tell the difference between the two other than by voice. (?) I guess Pacific is pretty much just the western version 

There are a few differences that can point you in the direction, but unless it's in hand, you will want audio for confirmation. We have gotten a fair amount of WIWR in the Bay Area of California, and they have shown up in some pretty random places, so I wouldn't be surprised if you got a few in the Calgary area, keep an eye (or ear I guess) out for them. This bird looks more on the PAWR side of the spectrum, and being the expected species, I'm fine calling this a Pac Wren,

 

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