North American Birds

VOLUME 68 NO4 2015

A Quarterly Journal of Ornithological Record Published by the American Birding Association. The mission of the journal is to provide a complete overview of the changing panorama of our continent’s birdlife.

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463 V o l u m e 6 8 ( 2 0 1 5 ) • N u m b e r 4 westerN marsh wreN iN NoVa scotia dae. Slate Creek Press, Bolinas, California. Roberson, D. 2015. Monterey Birds: Marsh Wren (Cistothorus palustris). Retrieved on- line: http://creagrus.home.montereybay. com/MTYbirdsMAWR.html. Tufts, R.W. 1969. The Birds of Nova Scotia. Nova Scotia Museum, Halifax, Nova Scotia. n Phillips, A. R. 1986. The Known Birds of North and Middle America. Part 1. Self published, Denver, Colorado. ----. 1991. The Known Birds of North and Mid- dle America. Part 2. Self published, Denver, Colorado. Pyle, P. 1997. Identifcation Guide to North American Birds, Part 1: Columbidae to Plocei- sparrows, was thought to be potentially of a western subspecies. A review of Marsh Wren specimens, particularly migrants from unexpected locations (northerly latitudes, offshore islands), could produce verifable records of extralimital western Marsh Wrens, although rather substantial changes in speci - mens' plumage tones over time (Phillips 1991) could complicate such work. Acknowledgments I thank Ian McLaren, Peter Pyle, Tony Leu- kering, and Steve Mlodinow for analysis of photographs, Fulton Lavender (who found the 2014 wren at Miners Marsh), and Keith Lowe and Richard Stern for their images pre- sented here. Literature cited Brewster, W. 1893. Description of a new Marsh Wren, with critical notes on Cisto- thorus marianæ Scott. Auk 10: 216-219. Kroodsma, D. E. 1989. Two North American song populations of the Marsh Wren reach distributional limits in the central Great Plains. Condor 91: 332-340 Kroodsma, D. E., and J. Verner. 2014. Marsh Wren (Cistothorus palustris), in: The Birds of North America Online (A. Poole, ed.). Cor- nell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York. Leukering, T., and N. Pieplow. 2010. Eastern and Western Marsh Wrens. Colorado Birds 44: 61-66. McLaren, I. A. 2012. Flycatchers through Thrushes, Fall 2011. Nova Scotia Birds 55 (1): 24-29. Figure 3. Two views of the Miners Marsh Marsh Wren 11 October 2014 illustrate well the pale rufous-brown fanks and unbarred uppertail coverts. Photographs by Alix A. d'Entremont. Figure 4. This Marsh Wren at Miners Marsh, Kentville, Nova Scotia 1 November 2012 shares plumage features of the bird photographed there 11 October 2014 and is perhaps even duller overall, though lighting and photographic variables such as exposure have perhaps washed out the tones a bit. Photograph by Richard Stern.

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