Threatened bird building nest in park
TOWN OF MONTGOMERY — Curt McDermott first heard the characteristic "chip chip" call of the sedge wren before he saw the bird in Benedict Farm Park. Then he called in his father, Ken, a veteran bird-watcher, to confirm the rare sighting.
In 50 years, the sedge wren has been seen only two other times in Orange County: two years ago in the Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge and once in the 1970s, McDermott said.
This male wren has been collecting nest material to lure a mate to the park on Route 17K since last Wednesday. But so far, he's also mostly attracted birders and the Department of Environmental Conservation.
The small, secretive bird is planning a family on 100 acres slated for haying.
Read the rest of Meghan Murphy's story in the Times Herald-Record.
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