We have Marsh Wrens year round in Utah but after the breeding season is over the males are far less vocal, more secretive and they are much harder to find. About this time of the year the male Marsh Wrens begin to become more territorial and start to sing again. Only the male Marsh Wrens sing.
I have seen a few Marsh Wrens at Farmington Bay WMA and I am sure I would see some at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge too if I could get to the auto tour loop. Right now the road to the auto tour loop is closed due to high water from rains and melting snow which has caused the Bear River to flood the road out to the loop.
We have had unusually warm weather this February here in northern Utah and although there is heavy snow up in the Wasatch Mountains there are signs of spring down in the valley, I have already noticed the grasses greening up in some locations and many of the ponds and waterways are not ice free.
I will be listening for the male Marsh Wrens songs at the pond nearby and the marshes at Farmington Bay WMA and Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge and waiting to see them pop up on top of the cattails, phrags and rushes.
I’m sure it won’t belong before I hear the first Marsh Wren songs of the year and I’m looking forward to them, I am also very much looking forward to the wrens being more visible which will make them somewhat easier to photograph too.
Life is good.