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Marsh Wrens

This is the beginning of breeding season for Marsh Wrens.  The males are search through the cattails and tules to find the perfect sport for a nest.  They establish their territories by singing songs to alert the other males.  During this time, if you can actually find the wrens in the reeds, they will usually have their beaks open like this:

Wrens are easily distinguished from other birds by their tails, which stick straight up.  The Marsh Wren is distinguishable from other wrens by the white stripe above his eye and the black and white markings on his back.

It’s pretty hard to get a close-up picture of the wrens without some reeds in the way.

But it’s much easier to find one at a farther distance.  Can you find the wren in this picture (he’s left of center)?

You see these wrens everywhere this time of year.  The picture below is from the following day in Farmington Bay.

I hope that the next time I visit the preserve in Layton I will be able to find baby wrens.

7 Responses to “Marsh Wrens”

  1. dguzman says:

    I’ve been trying to listen for Marsh Wrens at the local-ish wetlands I visit, but so far, nothing. Perhaps now that their breeding season is starting, I’ll have better luck! Thanks for the good ID tips!

  2. Elizabeth says:

    If they are there, you will hear them. Good luck!

  3. Mary says:

    Great post, as usual. I don’t think I’ve ever seen them, but according to distribution maps, there should be some in my area. I will keep an eye out!

  4. Elizabeth says:

    Thanks Mary! I hope you find one, they have fantastic songs.

  5. Tiffany says:

    Okay, super perky bird butts, which I love. Interesting that they keep their beaks open like that.

  6. Elizabeth says:

    I know, I love perky butts too. :-) Even my bird guide has a picture of the Marsh Wren with the beak open!

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