Bird I’ve Never Photographed Before: June 2022

Once again, thanks to e-bird, I was able to find a wonderful marsh about a 20 minute drive from Gatineau. This marsh has acres of field and pond habitat to explore without anyone else in sight.

In a clump of sedges I could hear a familiar call which Sibley Birds describes as “a complex gurgling, rattling or bubbling trill on one pitch tik k jijijijijiji-jrr or jeer jr-gli-gli-gli-gli-gli-jrr.” The call of the Marsh Wren. I have heard it 100’s of times but rarely seen it for long.

I decided to stand in one spot for as long as it took in order to see the singer (and have the insect bites to prove it).

Eventually the little (5 inches) bird appeared with its up-bent tail, rufous-brown wings and prominent white eyebrows.

Marsh Wren
Marsh Wren
Marsh Wren
Marsh Wren
Marsh Wren

Another often heard but seldom seen bird is the Swamp Sparrow. This particularly athletic one came near:

Swamp Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow

The Green Heron is one of the more stylish marsh frequenters:

Green Heron
Green Heron

Other birds:

Killdeer
Purple Gallinule
Red-winged Blackbird (female)
Killdeer
Red-winged Blackbird (female)
Savannah Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird (female)
Mourning Dove
Eastern Kingbird
Red-winged Blackbird (male)
Yellow Warbler (male)
Blue-winged Teal (male)
Red-winged Blackbird (male)
Yellow Warbler (male)
Great Blue Heron
Song Sparrow
Barn Swallow
Bobolink (male)
Bobolinks
Great Blue Heron
Bobolink (female)
Belted Kingfisher (female)

Just as I was leaving, a Black Tern flew by.

Black Tern (photo: allaboutbirds .com)

Perhaps, one day, I’ll photograph one.

NATURE POETRY

Summer Haiku

summer, marsh concert
wind blows reeds
herons, bullfrogs’ songs – written in 2020 by Regina

Miles Hearn

9 thoughts on “Bird I’ve Never Photographed Before: June 2022

  1. Anouchka

    Congratulation, Miles. What a successful swamp detour. I can’t help but think that sneaky wren and athletic sparrow made an appearance just for you. Maybe TDSB should organize a Gatineau flora-fauna excursion?

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  2. Meegan

    These shots are spectacular Miles!!!! Love that Swamp Sparrow. I also particularly enjoyed the shot of the Brown Thrasher yesterday … looked like it was on its way home from a big party the night before.

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  3. Marianne Loranger

    WOW- these are really fabulous pictures! I can only imagine all the insect bites you garnered while you patiently waited! I’ve never seen or heard several of these birds- thanks for your dauntless escapades!

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