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Sedge Wren

Photo of the Week (October 22nd, 2017)

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Winding down towards the end of October, and we're at a stage where most birds that primarily feed on insects and other small invertebrates are gone for the year. There are still some nice mixed flocks of sparrow species around, and on this day, intermingled with the sparrows, was this Sedge Wren, one of my favorites. They're not a species you see really frequently, as they tend to have some pretty specific habitat requirements during the summer breeding season.  In addition, typically they stay well hidden in the vegetation. During fall migration,. however, many birds behavior is a little bit different. This guy decided to hang out on a barbed wire fence in the open, soaking in the morning sun on a chilly October morning.

Sedge Wren - Cistothorus platensis

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