[CT Birds] Canton Marsh Wren
ctredbird2 at comcast.net
Tue Nov 15 18:35:08 EST 2011
This afternoon I found a Marsh Wren in the only freshwater area in Canton. The fall migration window for this species is not that well understood, as far as I know, but this is the third time in my birding career that I have found a Marsh Wren away from a known breeding area during fall migration. Each has occurred within a week or so of the current date. All of them were in wet areas with very few trees and a fairly wide expanse of weedy vegetation, in the sorts of places where one might look for American Tree Sparrows. One was along a powerline cut in Somers, one in the large wetland along Iron Horse Blvd in Simsbury and now this location. As far as I know, this is the third Canton record, the other two also being from the same location (Meadow Road) in spring. Those birds were singing males which remained for a couple of days but never stuck around to breed. The closest breeding locality I'm aware of is Station 43 in South Windsor, about 20 miles away.
Kind of cool.
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