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Photogenic Marsh Wren and a Northern Parula

Published September 17, 2013
Tags: Parks and Preserves, Northern Parula, Magnolia Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Warbling Vireo, Marsh Wren, Swamp Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Eastern Phoebe, American Kestrel, Merlin, Osprey, Lesser Yellowlegs, Belted Kingfisher, Barn Swallow, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Pied-billed Grebe, Green-winged Teal, Blue-winged Teal, Northern Flicker

A quick stop at a marsh in Hamburg this morning brought a few warblers and a very photogenic - and perhaps just plain curious - Marsh Wren. The wren totally responded to sphishing and he curiously checked us out quite thoroughly. We had been playing a tape of a Sora in the off chance that one might be at the marsh (no luck with that) but this cute, little Marsh Wren came right to us - out into the open even more than once. I was quite amazed at his brashness!

We also saw a gorgeous Northern Parula at the marsh. The warbler was high up and back lit, but I got a couple of photos that actually displays some of its beautiful coloring.  This particular species is so beautiful, even in the fall!

All together, we saw 30 species that included: Killdeer, Warbling Vireo, Mallards, Great Blue Heron, 3 Eastern Phoebes, 2 Common Yellowthroats, Magnolia Warbler, Northern Flicker, Blue Jay, Northern Cardinal, Song Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow, American Robin, Gray Catbird, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Black-capped Chickadees, American Goldfinch, and a Cedar Waxwing.

Another unsuccessful try for a Sora yesterday brought some nice birds, including 2 Wilson's Snipes, a Lesser Yellowlegs, a Merlin, and a couple of Osprey, 1 Belted Kingfisher, 1 Northern Rough-winged Swallow, 14 Barn Swallows, Blue-winged and Green-winged Teal, 3 Pied-billed Grebes, 2 Eastern Phoebes, and 2 American Kestrels.

So I still have 2 nemesis birds: the American Bittern and Sora. Maybe tomorrow!
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The curious, little Marsh Wren
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Marsh Wren
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Marsh Wren
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While not good photos, these 3 at least show the gorgeous coloring of the Northern Parula.
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Northern Parula - this is the first male of this species I've seen!
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Northern Parula
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Common Yellowthroat
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One of three Eastern Phoebes we saw
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A Song Sparrow who just HAD to have his picture taken!
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Who knew this place even existed? Well, Doug did!