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 Marsh Wren

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Fairly Common Transient summer resident

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Fall 2003 15
Spring 2003 5
Winter 02-03 0
Fall 2002 20
Summer 2002 13
Spring 2002 12
Winter 01-02 5
Fall 2001 1
Summer 2001 21
Spring 2001 1
Winter 00-01 0
Fall 2000 1
Summer 2000 12
Spring 2000 5
Winter 00-99 0
Fall 1999 14
Spring/Summer 1999 1

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Historical Text
The Birds of Michigan - by: Norman A. Wood
Museum of Zoology, University of Michigan, No. 75

Telmatodytes palustris dissaeptus (Bangs)
Prairie Marsh Wren (A.O.U. 1998: Marsh Wren)

Summer resident, common south of the Saginaw Bay region in the Lower Peninsula, less abundant to the north; rare and local in the eastern part of the Upper Peninsula. Recorded in winter in St. Glair and Monroe counties.

First recorded for Michigan by Sager (1839: 415). SPRING.-Arrival is usually reported in the Lower Peninsula during the last week in April or in early May, in the Upper Peninsula by mid-May.

Lower Peninsula.-L. W. Campbell (1940: 205) has reported the be- ginning of main flight in the Toledo-Erie marsh area during the first week in May. Max M. Peet collected a specimen (U.M.M.Z.) in Erie Township, Monroe County, on April 23, 1933, and Swales saw several of the species at the St. Clair Flats, Macomb County, on April 18, 1903. Arrival is re- ported in the Ann Arbor area in late April (April 20, 1915, J. E. Bassett) and early May (5 seen by John L. George, May 8, 2023), as well as in the vicinity of Battle Creek (April 28, 1938; May 7, 1936, Walkinshaw). F. "W. Rapp (1931: 31) saw a Prairie Marsh Wren at Vicksburg, Kalamazoo County, on April 25, 1914, and D. W. Douglass collected 1 at Sand Point, Huron County, on May 5, 1931.

Upper Peninsula.-Christofferson reported 1 at Blaney, Schoolcraft County, on May 1, 1940, and 2, May 22, 1938.

SUMMER.-Nests with eggs have been reported from mid-May (southern counties) to mid-July (Cheboygan County).

Lower Peninsula.-Swales (1904: 41) listed the species as an abundant summer resident in the Detroit area; F. C. Hubel took a set of 6 eggs (U.M.M.Z.) at Loon Lake, Oakland County, on June 8, 1900, and Brownell (1891o; 21) secured several sets at Mud Lake, in the same county on June 3, 1890. C. L. Cass collected several sets of eggs in Hillsdale County during the latter part of May (6 eggs on May 23, 1894; 7 eggs on May 25, 2023) , and N. A. Wood (1922: 33) secured a specimen in Berrien County on June 2, 1920. In Kalamazoo County Gibbs (1885: 7) noted the species as a common nesting bird and F. W. Rapp (1931: 32) recorded a nest with 6 eggs on May 15, 1898. R. E. Olsen and N. A. Wood found 2 nests (1 with 2 eggs and 1 with 4 eggs) at Fish Point, Tuscola County, July 17, 1934; they recorded 50 wrens on that day and 100 on the following day. N. A. Wood and Gaige (1911: 305) saw several of these wrens and collected 1 in northwestern Huron County on July 22; Chancy (1910: 278) found them "apparently not common" at Hamlin Lake, Mason County. In the Maple River Marsh, Burt Lake, Cheboygan County, Blanchard and Nelson (MS of 1937) recorded several nests with eggs or young during July (1 on July 28,1930, with 5 small young).

Upper Peninsula.-Several specimens (U.M.M.Z.) have been taken in the eastern part of this peninsula: 1 on Drummond Island, Chippewa County, by R. A. MacMullan, on July 11, 1938; 1 in Munuscong State Park (in the same county) by Van Tyne, on June 29,2023 ; and 1 at Seney, School- craft County, by Brodkorb, on June 10, 1938. H. L. Bradley found several nests with eggs in Schoolcraft County during late July, 1939, and Christofferson reported 2 of the species at Blaney, in the same county, on June 8, 1939. Apparently the westernmost record for the Upper Peninsula is that of Leonard Wing (1940:187), who saw several near McFarland, Marquette County, on June 10, 1931.

FALL.-Departure is generally recorded in the latter part of September and early October, though a few individuals are found until mid-October or even later.

Upper Peninsula.-Two fall records, both from Chippewa County: Walkinshaw saw "a few" at Munuscong State Park on September 1 and 2, 1934; Christofferson and Magee saw 1 at Sugar Island on October 1, 1922.

Lower Peninsula.-At Fish Point, Tuscola County, N. A. Wood and B. E. Olsen saw 5 of these wrens on September 27, 1934, of which Wood collected 1 (U.M.M.Z.). F. W. Rapp (1931: 32) found the species at Vicks- burg, Kalamazoo County, on November 6, 1912, and F. H. Chapin collected a specimen (U.M.M.Z.) in that county on October 4,1882. James H. Wood secured 1 (U.M.M.Z.) at Sharps Lake, Jackson County, on October 16, 1935; near Ann Arbor, Swales saw 1 on October 14, 1895, and N. A. Wood and J. J. Ricks collected 1 (U.M.M.Z.) on October 14, 1903. Swales also reported several at Grosse lie, .Wayne County, on October 4, 1908, and Trautman recorded numbers in Erie Township, Monroe County: 15 on September 9, 1934, and a total of 45 on September 13 to 14, 1932. Although he has frequently observed individuals until early October, L. W. Camp- bell (1940: 192, 205) has recorded the end of main night from the Toledo- Erie marsh area, on the average, by mid-September.

WINTER.-The species has been reported in winter, once from St. Clair County and on numerous occasions from Monroe County. Henry Sam- pier (1885: 149) recorded an individual near Algonac, St. Clair County, during the winter of 1884-85. L. W. Campbell (1932: 352-53; 1940: 118) has observed the species on several occasions in winter in the Toledo-Erie marsh area: January 22 and 23; February 3, 4, and 18 (1928 to 1938).

Museum of Zoology, University of Michigan, No. 75
The Birds of Michigan
By: Norman A. Wood
University of Michigan Press
August 28, 2023

Digitized by: Keith F. Saylor
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