[va-bird] Sedge Wren, Bandy Field, City of Richmond
- From: Arun Bose <arunbose@xxxxxxxxxx>
- To: <va-richmond-general@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>, VA Bird <va-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Mon, 17 Oct 2005 20:27:31 -0400
Hello VA Birders, I birded Bandy Field this morning from about 8:05 - 8:30. The highlight of the visit was a single SEDGE WREN. I watched the bird from about 8:20-8:30 at range of about 30' to 15' before it disappeared into thicker vegetation. Mostly unobstructed views in good light. The bird was in a semi-wet area with a few cat-tails and grasses. I initially flushed the bird as I walked around the perimeter of this spot. My first impression was of a sandy colored wren and I quickly realized that this was a Sedge Wren; a species I have not seen previously. To me the sandy coloration ruled out Marsh Wren which I find to be a darker chocolate brown on first impression. The following description is from my notes made immediately after observation. Weak buff supercillium. Darker brownish eye-line with paler, thin eye ring. Pale buff throat. Crown rusty and dark brown with light flecks. Nape - grayish brown (unmarked?). Upper parts rusty and dark brown with contrasting light streaks. Seemed to have wider pale bands on the tertials (and other flight feathers?). Wings very short, barley reaching rump. Tail was a moderate length. Seemed shorter than House Wren but longer than Winter Wren. Specific color/marking not noted. Flanks and vent - a light rusty orange - washed out towards bend of wing and coming across upper breast. Belly - pale buff/off white. Pale legs (pinkish?), pale yellowish lower mandible, dark upper mandible, dark eye. The bird was silent during observation. I returned around noon with hopes of seeing it again. However I could not relocate it. Other species of note seen today; Eastern Towhee - 6 (including 4 females) Eastern Bluebird - 9 White Breasted Nuthatch - 1 Brown Headed Nuthatch - 3 Palm Warbler - 3 (at least 1 appeared to be 'Eastern') Yellow-rumped Warbler - 2 Song Sparrow -3 Easren Phoebe - 1 Indigo Bunting - 1 Coopers Hawk - 1 Arun Bose, Richmond, VA You are subscribed to VA-BIRD. To post to this mailing list, simply send email to va-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx To unsubscribe, send email to va-bird-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with 'unsubscribe' in the Subject field.
Other related posts:
- » [va-bird] Sedge Wren, Bandy Field, City of Richmond