The Sedge Wren was seen again today, 12/10/02, at Half Moon Bay
State Beach in coastal San Mateo County. It was seen this morning
from sometime before I got there (around 10:40a) at least until 1:00p.
Other birders, Christie (sp? last name?) and Barbara Costa were there
after I left. It was in the same general area as posted before, today
only about 30-40 yards along the roped trail through the scrub. At one
point, it came within 12 feet of the trail.
The bird called intermittently which was the best way to be aware of
where to look, as it is a real skulker. We timed many of its perches in
the open using fractions of a second. Sibley's description of it being
very secretive is right on the money! I may have captured some photo
images, but my film is still in my camera.
The chip notes were often given in two's. The notes sounded fairly
sharp as if it had less spit in its bill compared to a nearby Common
Yellowthroat. The overall coloration was lighter brown than a typical
Marsh Wren (MAWR). The crown was dark with light streaks giving it
a lighter appearance than a MAWR. The throat was whitish, the breast
was a pale beige or buff, the flanks orangey. The barring in the wing
coverts was noticeable (one of the features that Don Roberson noted
on his web page for this bird). It lacked the black mantle with white
streaks found on MAWR. The face was plain with the supercillium
having a weak presence (not very contrasting). The bill was on the
short-side compared, again, to a MAWR.
The Long-tailed Duck also continues at Princeton Harbor. I could not
find the Swamp Sparrow along Higgins-Purisima Rd. at the Historic
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