Marsh birding is tough. The only sen- sible time to do it is at night, when the
birds are most active—and the mos-quitoes are at their bloodthirsty worst.
Oddly enough, it’s dark at night, and
thus the only way to detect most marsh
birds is by their vocalizations, which
tend to be ventriloquial and uttered at
low volume, making them more or less
impossible to pinpoint. Even if a bird
steps out ever so briefly from its cattail
fastnesses, a not-so-clever searcher with a
high-powered flashlight will find it difficult to use binoculars, and is likely to wind
up head over heels in the stinky muck.