New York Natural Heritage Program
Sedge Wren
Cistothorus platensis (Latham, 1790)

New York State Distribution [-]
Sedge wrens occur on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence plains. They are absent from the Adirondacks and Catskills, and were historically found in the Hudson Valley and on Long Island. Sedge Wrens do not overwinter in New York except irregularly; two records exist from Jones Beach and Westhampton Beach on Long Island.

Global Distribution [-]
The breeding range of the Sedge Wren extends from southeastern Saskatchewan, central Manitoba, southern Ontario, and central Maine to eastern Kansas, central Missouri, central Indiana and Virginia. It has also nested in small numbers in recent years in New Brunswick and possibly Nova Scotia. Throughout its range the Sedge Wren is sparsely and locally distributed (Gibbs 1992). In the northeastern U.S., tidewater marshes in New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia currently support the largest, most stable populations (Gibbs and Melvin 1992). Northern populations winter from Maryland and Tennessee south to Mexico and east to Florida (Levine 1998).
Best Places to See
• Asland Road and Dog Hill Road, look for them in wet sedge meadows throughout the county (Jefferson County)
• In appropriate habitat in the wetern part of the county (St. Lawrence County)
• Wet sedge meadows in southwestern part of the county (Orleans County)
• Wet sedge meadows throughout the county (Chautauqua County)