Its black “bandit” mask is distinctive, and its song is well known: wichety wichety wichety. Look for this bird in weedy, brushy, or marshy habitats, usually low to the ground. This bird nests from coast to coast, and as far north as southern Alaska.
Identifying birds is at the very heart of bird watching. Each bird encountered is like a little puzzle or mystery to solve, because, while birds of a single species all share a certain set of physical traits, no two individual birds, like no two individual humans, are exactly alike.