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Avian Use of Purple Loosestrife Dominated Habitat Relative to Other Vegetation Types in a Lake Huron Wetland Complex

Table 3


TABLE 3. Number of nests and percent of plots within vegetation types where nests of the three most commonly observed bird species were found in Saginaw Bay wetlands, 1994-1995.
Vegetation typea Marsh Wren Swamp Sparrow Red-winged Blackbird Total plotsb
SS 0 4 (9%) 13 (30%) 43
WM/SS 0 2 (6%) 0 31
WM/SS/LS 0 2 (12%) 0 16
WM/LS 0 4 (27%) 0 15
WM 0 1 (4%) 3 (11%) 27
IC 8 (23%) 3 (8%) 5 (14%) 35
CC 12 (17%) 0 0 71
CB 0 0 0 20
Total nests 20 16 21 -
a Vegetation types: SS = scrub-shrub, WM/SS = wet meadow/scrub-shrub, WM/SS/LS = wet meadow/scrub-shrub/loosestrife, WM/LS = wet meadow/loosestrife, WM = wet meadow, IC = inland cattail, CC = coastal cattail, CB = coastal bulrush.
b Includes early, mid-, and late season surveys.

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