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 Sedge Wren

Status in Michigan
Uncommon Transient summer resident

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Fall 2003 14
Spring 2003 25
Winter 02-03 0
Fall 2002 2
Summer 2002 17
Spring 2002 23
Winter 01-02 0
Fall 2001 12
Summer 2001 63
Spring 2001 4
Winter 00-01 0
Fall 2000 4
Summer 2000 26
Spring 2000 28
Winter 00-99 0
Fall 1999 1
Spring/Summer 1999 2

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

Cistofhorus platensis stellaris (Naumann)
Short-billed Marsh Wren (A.O.U. 1998: Sedge Wren)

Local summer resident, fairly common in the south, less abundant in the north. Recorded once in winter (Washtenaw County).

First listed for Michigan by Gibbs (1879: 483).

SPRING.-Arrival in the southern counties is occasionally reported in late April, more often during the first week of May, and in the Upper Peninsula about mid-May.

Lower Peninsula.-In the Toledo-Erie marsh area L. W. Campbell (1940: 205) has usually found the species common by the middle of May. T. D. Hinshaw reported 1 at Ann Arbor on May 5, 1936, and A. E. Staebler saw 1 on the Edwin S. George Reserve, near Pinckney, Livingston County, on May 10, 1942. Walkinshaw has recorded arrival in Calhoun County in late April and early May; he noted an individual in Bath Township, Clinton County, on April 24, 1938. One to 3 of the species were seen almost daily during May on Sand Point, Huron County, by D. "W. Douglass (1931 to 1933), and 1 (U.M.M.Z.) was collected on Beaver Island, Charlevoix County, May 17, 1932, by Victor H. Cahalane.

Upper Peninsula.-Brodkorb saw several of the species at Whitefish Point, Chippewa County, on May 11, 1936. Christofferson has generally recorded arrival at Blaney, Schoolcraft County, by mid-May (2 seen on May 12, 2023). S. S. Gregory, Jr., collected a specimen in the Huron Mountains, Marquette County, on May 23, 1932; A. Murie saw several, and collected 1 (U.M.M.Z.) on Isle Royale, May 25, 1930, and observed 2 or 3 more on June 1, 1930-apparently the only records for the island.

SUMMER.-Nesting is recorded in June and July, occasionally in August.

Lower Peninsula.-Swales (1904: 41) listed the species as an uncommon summer resident in "Wayne County; Purdy (1892: 162) noted 2 small breeding colonies in the county (near Plymouth) and Durfee (1890: 156) found 2 nests, 1 with 3 eggs, and 1 with 7 eggs, on July 6, and a third nest, with 6 eggs, on August 13. In the vicinity of Ann Arbor (N. A. Wood, 1912: 160-61), J. W. Detwiller discovered a breeding colony on June 20, 1870. F. M. Gaige also found a colony there and collected a nest with 8 eggs (U.M.M.Z.) on June 22, 1907. Gibbs (1885: 7) reported the species as a rare breeding bird in Kalamazoo County; but in adjacent Calhoun County, Walkinshaw (1935a: 364; 1936a: 86) found 11 nests, the majority in June, a few in July and August, and 1 with 7 young on September 12, 1935. At Fish Point, Tuscola County, R. E. Olsen and N. A. Wood ob- served 50 individuals on July 17 and 18, 1934. A number of specimens (U.M.M.Z.) were taken from North and South Manitou islands, Leelanau County, in the latter part of June, 1940, by L. D. Case and A. E. Staebler; on Beaver Island, Charlevoix County, a few were seen and specimens (U.M.M.Z.) collected by T. D. Hinshaw and R. E. Morrill in June, 1937. Blanchard and Nelson (MS of 1937) found the species in several localities in the vicinity of Douglas Lake, Cheboygan County; they noted a nest with 2 eggs there on July 27, 1931.

Upper Peninsula.-The species has been found in several localities in Chippewa County: a number of specimens (U.M.M.Z.) were taken on Drummond Island by T. D. Hinshaw and R. A. MacMullan in July, 1938; 1 specimen (U.M.M.Z.) was secured by Van Tyne and 1 by Max M. Peet at Munuscong Bay in late June and July, 1934; and the species was seen from the last week in June to the first of August at Whitefish Point by N. A. Wood (1914: 72). Brodkorb found this wren "rather common" at Seney, Schoolcraft County, in early June, 1938; Leonard Wing (1940:187) saw it at McFarland, Marquette County, on June 10 and again July 4 to 5. J. E. Lescelius collected a nest with 3 eggs near the Sturgeon River, Baraga County, on July 23, 1933, and Leonard Wing (1940: 187) saw the species at Ironwood, Gogebic County, on July 12 and 22. It was also seen in the vicinity of Sidnaw, Houghton County, and Bessemer, Gogebic County, during late June, 1933, by Walkinshaw and A. Dowding.

FALL.-Departure is recorded from the Upper Peninsula during September, and from the south in late September or early October.

Upper Peninsula.-R. E. Olsen collected a specimen (U.M.M.Z.) near Deer Park, Luce County, on September 8, 1939; Walkinshaw saw several wrens in the Munuscong State Park, Chippewa County, on September 1 and 2, 1934. Christofferson has generally recorded the species at Blaney, Schoolcraft County, until mid-September; he noted 3 there as late as September 28 in 1931. A specimen (U.M.M.Z.) was taken near Hessel, Mackinac County, by A. D. Tinker on September 4, 1930.

Lower Peninsula.-A specimen was collected on Charity Island, Huron County, by N. A. Wood (1911: 110) on September 16, 1910. F. W. Rapp (1931: 31) has recorded the species in the vicinity of Vicksburg, Kalama- zoo County, on September 2 (1910) and October 7 (1908) ; L. D. Case secured a specimen (U.M.M.Z.) at Portage Lake, Jackson County, on September 29, 1940. The species was recorded at Ann Arbor on September 10, 2023 (N. A. Wood, 1912: 160-61), and a specimen was collected there on September 14, 1935, by Max M. Peet. L. W. Campbell (1940: 192) has generally observed the species in the Toledo-Erie marsh area until the middle of September, and recorded 1 wren as late as October 16 (1938).

WINTER.-One winter record: L. D. Case and A. E. Staebler collected a specimen (U.M.M.Z.) near Ann Arbor on January 15, 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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