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VTBIRD  June 2011

VTBIRD June 2011

Subject:

Sedge Wren in South Burlington

From:

Scott Walker Morrical <[log in to unmask]>

Reply-To:

Vermont Birds <[log in to unmask]>

Date:

Sun, 5 Jun 2011 00:47:24 -0400

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Greetings,

A SEDGE WREN was identified on Friday, 6/3, in South Burlington, by  
Eric Wood and his sister Kristin Wood.  The bird was still present the  
morning of Saturday, 6/4, when it was seen by myself and by Ted Murin,  
who photographed it.  The bird may have been present since at least  
Sunday, 5/29, based on a call that was heard then but not definitively  
identified.  Location: The bird is frequenting wet fields interspersed  
with shrubs on the north side of Nowland Farm Road.  The primary  
observation site is a field approx. 400 ft. east of the intersection  
of Four Sisters Rd. with Nowland Farm Rd., across Nowland Farm Rd.  
from a white house with gray stone facades.  The bird occasionally  
flies up onto a dead shrub in the middle of the open area, where it  
can easily be seen (a scope is helpful), and sings from that perch.  
Then it will fly down into the sedges and disappear for awhile.  The  
bird also flew farther north of Nowland Farm Rd. into an open area  
beyond some trees.  There it could occasionally be heard calling. It  
would be a good idea to learn Sedge Wren vocalizations, which will  
greatly aid in locating the bird.

Remember that Sedge Wren is a THREATENED SPECIES, so please do not  
attempt to attract it with recordings of its song.  Also please do not  
enter and disturb the habitat.  The bird can easily be located with  
binoculars, scope, or by ear from the sidewalk.  Also please note that  
there are no parking areas per se along Nowland Farm Rd. You can park  
along the road, but please be sensitive about driveways, mailboxes,  
etc. This street gets moderate car traffic as well as a lot of bike  
traffic.  The sidewalk is also technically a bike and jogging path, so  
be aware and respectful.

Other species present at this location or nearby along Nowland Farm  
Rd. on 6/4 included:

Canada Goose     15
Mallard     1
American Bittern     3
Northern Harrier     1
Ring-billed Gull     20
Alder Flycatcher     3
Willow Flycatcher     1
Eastern Phoebe     1
Blue Jay     2
American Crow     2
Tree Swallow     5
Barn Swallow     1
American Robin     10
Gray Catbird     2
Northern Mockingbird     1
Yellow Warbler     3
Common Yellowthroat     8
Chipping Sparrow     2
Savannah Sparrow     2
Song Sparrow     5
Swamp Sparrow     1
Northern Cardinal     1
Bobolink     4
Red-winged Blackbird     25
Common Grackle     3
House Finch     1
American Goldfinch     7

Also, a Blue-winged Warbler was recently seen in this area.

Scott
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