Wrens of the Great State of Kansas
Kansas is a stated divided! No, this isn’t a political commentary, but it is a commentary on the geographically distinctive characteristics that make up Kansas and how that affects the Wrens of Kansas.
Many people have stated that when driving through Kansas it is one of the flattest places on earth, or something to that effect. If you look at a topographical map of Kansas, you can see that there is probably some element of truth to that. But you’ll also see that the western third of Kansas starts that rise that eventually grows into the Rocky Mountains.
What does all this have to do with wrens? Well apparently some of the North American Wren species must know about the geography of Kansas because that’s how they decide where to live in the state.
Rock Wrens for instance, only live in the western half of Kansas, and then they only do that during the summer breeding months. Sedge Wrens and Carolina Wrens on the other hand, only populate the eastern half of Kansas. Carolina Wrens can be found there year round, but Sedge Wrens will only be seen during migration months on their way to cooler northern states. There is an area in the extreme northeast section of Kansas where some Sedge Wrens will spend their summers also.
House Wrens and Marsh Wrens haven’t really figured out the whole geography thing yet, therefore you might be able to find them anywhere in Kansas, House Wrens during the summer breeding months, and Marsh Wrens during the Spring and Fall on their migratory paths. If you live in the extreme southwestern parts of Kansas you might get lucky enough to see some Marsh Wrens during the winter months also. There is also one isolated area in the southwest quadrant of Kansas where you can find Marsh Wrens year round.
Some Winter Wrens will spend winters in the southeast corner of the state, but the eastern 2/3 of Kansas will have Winter Wrens passing through on their migratory routes.
Bewick’s Wren is probably the most interesting of all Kansas Wrens. You should pretty much be able to find Bewick’s Wrens in the southern half of Kansas all year long. But there is a narrow strip of Kansas that serves as a summer breeding ground for them also. The strip runs from east to west, covering just about the northern half of the eastern 2/3 of Kansas (huh?). So there you have it, go out and enjoy the wrens of Kansas.
Next time its the Wrens of Kentucky.