|Sedge Wren at Attwater Prairie-chicken NWR near Houston, Texas (Image by JoAnn Raine, one of our premier birders, who herself migrated to Texas)|
One of our expert birders emailed me this morning to inform me that he had spotted a male Sedge Wren - and possibly a female as well - in the tall, native grasslands we have created in the natural area preserve. He said they could possibly be a breeding pair since the species is known to breed into September. From my perspective, I suppose they could just as easily be early migrants, as were the Bobolinks (Dolichonyx oryzivorus) that showed up a month early this year.
According to the Atlas of Breeding Birds in Pennsylvania, the Sedge Wren (Cistothorus platensis) is "among the least familiar of all of Pennsylvania's songbirds...rare and local in its distribution." The book goes on to say that "At the recommendation of the Pennsylvania Biological Survey, the Pennsylvania Game Commission has listed the species as threatened."