Recently we admitted a Sedge Wren, a species we haven’t seen at WRC for years! This little bird hit a window; a little rest and some anti-inflammatories did the trick–it was ready to go the next day!
I was able to sneak up on it while it was eating in its enclosure and get this video. It was thrashing the mealworms around to kill them before eating. A very simple but cool bird behavior to see up close.
Sedge Wrens are one of the most nomadic territorial birds in North America, flying around from habitat to habitat. It’s common to see them one year and not see any in the same area the next year. They prefer to live in short grass and sedge marshes. Sadly, their numbers are declining due to habitat loss. Amazingly, it’s estimated by Audubon Minnesota that more than 32% of the global population of Sedge Wrens breed here in Minnesota.