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The Western Marsh Wren Wintering Near Helena, Montana

Aretas A. Saunders
Publication Information
Journal: 
Condor
Volume: 
14
Issue: 
3 (May-June)
Section: 
From Field and Study
Year: 
1912
Pages: 
108

The Western Marsh Wren Wintering Near Helena, Montana

On March 12, 1911, I observed a Marsh Wren (Telmatodytes palustris plesius) in cattail marshes near Helena, Montana. I both saw this bird closely and heard it sing several times, so that I feel certain of its species, though I was unable to secure it. This was in the same locality in which I found the Virginia Rail a few weeks before, reported in THE CONDOR, XIII, p. 108. Since the spring migration had barely started, only the Mountain Bluebird and Desert Horned Lark having arrived at that date, it is reasonable to suppose that the Wren was not a migrant but had spent the winter there. Wilson Snipe and a Virginia Rail were again observed there on this date.

ARETAS A. SAUNDERS.

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