I've taken a variety of Marsh Wren shots over the years but typically the bird is half-hidden in the reeds (e.g., a photo of a singing bird in Monterey Birds, 1st ed., 1985). Even though the bird is more distant here, I like the clear view, the typically up-cocked tail, and the view of its characteristic habitat.
MARSH WREN is a widespread breeder throughout California's marshes, although numbers have declined with the loss of coastal wetlands. Many state populations are resident but an influx of migrants from north or the interior adds to local populations in winter, and accounts for migrants in tiny patches of wetlands at desert oases or other sites at which these wrens do not nest.
The only California records are listed below are (1) my personal "state bird" and (2) those with unusual dates or locales. All my other observations are well within normal status & distributional limits. Those preceded by H were vagrants found or co-found by me personally. Within these parameters, these are my personal Marsh Wren records of interest:
5/10/67 Anderson Marsh LAK (my life bird)See the family page for county abbreviations. All photos & text © 2002 Don Roberson; all rights reserved.
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