A sighting for a marsh wren popped up at Bull’s Point in the RBG Cootes Paradise Sanctuary so Josh and I decided to try and see it.
Unfortunately it was a little late in the day and very hot so most of the birds were pretty quiet. Marsh wrens sing more often at dawn and dusk. We did see a caspian tern, mute swan, and heard a virginia rail. Along the walk we heard several warblers and had a lovely close sighting of an indigo bunting.
The Marsh Wren at Cootes Paradise
Marsh wrens nesting at Bull’s Point is an indicator of the marshes good health. Restoration efforts, including keeping carp out of the bay, have helped to increase the vegetation required for these birds. RBG staff also try to increase the native species by planting seedlings and fencing off certain areas to protect fragile plant life.
The boardwalk through the Marsh is an excellent spot to try to see the wrens. Because they spend the majority of their time in the cattails, being a ground forager, getting above them gives you a better chance of a sighting.
They have more than 50 variations to their song and some males will sing right though the night.
If you would like to hear the Marsh Wren’s song and see pictures of it check out BirdNote’s page here.