Marsh Wren (Cistothorus palustris)

Marsh Wren
Marsh Wren - Newport Beach, CA
© Andrew Lazere
Marsh Wren
Marsh Wren - Chino, CA
© Tom Benson

The Marsh Wren is a casual visitor to campus: one wintered in the marshy pond north of Badger Hill from 30 Oct 2011 to 11 Mar 2012. It is a fairly common breeding resident in marshy habitats throughout southern California, with additional birds from more northerly populations in the winter.

The Marsh Wren can be identified by its brown crown and white supercilium (eyebrow), brownish, barred wings and tail, black back with thin white streaks, and white underparts. It is heard far more often than it is seen due to its habit of skulking in cattails and other dense, marshy vegetation.


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