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Sedge Wren - master of grassland camouflage


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I had a nice visit with a Sedge Wren this past weekend at Santee National Wildlife Refuge. On rarely gets an unobstructed look at these shy, skulking birds - much less an unobstructed photo. This one was sunning on a chilly fall morning in some grassy/weedy stubble atop Fort Watson- a lakeside Revolutionary War fortification built atop a Native American burial mound. It had dropped in there during migration, making do with the less-than-ideal habitat from the Wren's point of view.


When viewed from above, Sedge Wrens have fantastic camouflage for blending into grassy surroundings with a bush or shrub here and there. Shy and subtle is this tiny little bird's modus operandi. Their former name is Short-billed Marsh Wren, which is what my elders still call them.














Here is a wider view of the Sedge Wren blending in:



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lovely photos @@offshorebirder

I am always full of admiration for people who have the patience - and skill - to photograph the the smaller species.

I tend to stick with the easy ones, like eagles and storks. :rolleyes:

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