Marsh Wren

1/800s at f8.0, ISO:800, Canon EOS-1D X w/800mm, X 1.4 converter

The Marsh Wren is a small North American songbird of the wren family. Their breeding habitat is marshes with tall vegetation such as cattails across North America. In the western United States, some birds are permanent residents. Other birds migrate to marshes and salt marshes in the southern United States and Mexico. These birds forage actively in vegetation, sometimes flying up to catch insects in flight. They mainly eat insects, also spiders and snails. The nest is an oval lump attached to marsh vegetation, entered from the side. The clutch is normally 4 to 6 eggs, though the number can range from 3 to 10. The male builds many unused nests in his territory. He may puncture the eggs and fatally peck the nestlings of other birds nesting nearby, including his own species (even his own offspring) and Red-winged Blackbirds, Yellow-headed Blackbirds, and Least Bitterns.
Medicine Creek, NE