I was alone when I saw this bird, but many observers saw it later in the day after I reported it.
Species, Date, Time and Location Information
10/23/2022 10:35:00 AM
10/23/2022 11:15:00 AM
Duration (total time in view):
White Rocks area trail
Willows and grasses along the edge of a small creek.
Viewed with Swarovski 8x42 binoculars. Photographed with Nikon D850 camera with Nikkor 500mm f/4E lens.
Description of the Bird
What got my attention was a strong repeated chip note. The bird was very skulky, giving only brief partial looks. It then stopped calling, and I did not see it again for several minutes. Then it started calling again, and came out briefly onto the willow branches for some better looks, and I was able to get a few photos. Then it disappeared into the grasses again.
Similar Species Discussion
I thought this might be a Marsh Wren, given the rich colors. However, this bird had a streaked crown, strongly barred shoulders and wings, a short tail, and very buffy flanks, which fit much better for a Sedge Wren.
I verified it at home using the Cornell website (allaboutbirds.org), Merlin photo ID app, and by submitting it to the ABA (What's This Bird?) site for verification.
This is the first Sedge Wren I have seen. In the past, I have seen many House Wrens, quite a few Marsh Wrens, a Pacific Wren and a Winter Wren.
Review of photos
Date Documentation Submitted
10/31/2022 12:42:00 PM
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