Date: 9/27/17 10:16 am From: Alyssa DeRubeis <alderubeis...> Subject: Sedge Wrens and a Bobolink in NWA
I have noticed an uptick in Sedge Wrens at my NWA field sites the past couple of days. I observed three of them in one of my transects at Chesney Prairie Natural Area (Siloam Springs, Benton Co.) yesterday morning. One bird was singing, but alas, I couldn't detect any nesting birds. This is an unusual species that will nest during its fall migration, so keep your eyes peeled. A Marsh Wren is hanging out in the Couch's Unit too. The resident Loggerhead Shrike has been more vocal lately but sticks to the northern unit of the prairie.
This morning I was delighted to hear and see a lone Bobolink at Woolsey Wet Prairie (Fayetteville, Washington Co.). I didn't see her again as I traveled through Woolsey. I've recently seen some Marsh Wrens there, and a likely Sedge Wren this morning.
While conducting my transect surveys at Callie's Prairie, a restored site on the northeast end of Lake Fayetteville, I was pleased to flush a Sedge Wren. I wonder if this is a new bird for Callie's Prairie?
Other than that one last week, I haven't seen any sparrows. They'll arrive soon though...