Bear River MBR Marsh Wren perched on rushes

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Marsh Wren perched on rushes in early morning lightMarsh Wren perched on rushes in early morning light – Nikon D500, f7.1, 1/500, -0.3 EV, Nikkor500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

Marsh Wrens are small, brown, secretive birds with dark caps, thin bills, whitish eyelines and bold black and white patterns on their backs that usually hold their tails in an upright position. These wrens can be hard to find out in the open this time of the year because they aren’t singing on their breeding territories now but this one popped up briefly yesterday to perch on some rushes at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge in early morning light.

I could wish that the setting weren’t so cluttered in this image but I was honestly just happy to have this little bird out in the open long enough to take this photo and it does show the habitat I find these wrens in. There must have been 30 of these wrens hiding and moving around in the rushes where I photographed this one with only a few popping up while I photographed them and this one was the only one that was close enough to take photos of.

I’m fortunate to be able to see these energetic, tiny Marsh Wrens year round here in northern Utah and even more blessed when I can photograph them.

Life is good.



  1. Pepe Forte September 14, 2017 at 3:35 pm

    Another home run! It’s all there…color, composition and the detail. Not to mention that your marsh wren is a real charmer. Simply extraordinary. Thanks Mia.

  2. April Olson September 13, 2017 at 3:50 pm

    Great shot, they move so fast it is hard to get a photo.

  3. Elephants Child September 13, 2017 at 1:49 pm

    A complete charmer. Thank you.

  4. Patty Chadwick September 13, 2017 at 9:49 am

    These little birds are so darned cute!!! I live when they are straddling two different reeds or twigs at the same time…would love to see how they land that way….

  5. Margot Rawlins September 13, 2017 at 8:34 am

    What is it about these little birds that makes them so endearing?

  6. Laura Culley September 13, 2017 at 7:38 am

    What a little beauty!

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