Saturday, May 30, 2009

Sedge Wrens and Others

We had high hopes today to add to the body of knowledge about Sedge Wrens. Fellow bander Roger is studying this species, and we knew of a couple of areas where this species is known to breed. Unfortunately, strong winds did not help us out much for banding. However, we did see a few species of birds that make you appreciate their diversity. A male Bobolink serenaded us from his perch on a juniper. A Scarlet Tanager put in an apperance as the day started.

These Eastern Bluebirds were freshly fledged from their box, just a few yards away. They huddled in two groups of two, waiting for a parent bird to bring food.
Sedge Wrens have one of the most distinct ways of flying. If a hummingbird and a pheasant were to combine (I'm not kidding), this is about what you would end up with. These are the days that answer the question of why we live in Minnesota during those cold winter months. It's for spring days like this.

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