Swamp Sparrow male 11/30/17

Chunky, gray faced, white-throated, rusty winged, and an unstreaked pale breast are the combination of field marks distinguishing a Swamp Sparrow. Males like this one also have a reddish cap reminiscent of a Chipping Sparrow. They breed in wetlands across the northern US and across boreal Canada, feeding primarily on insects and other invertebrates they can forage at the water’s edge, often wading in shallow water and even sticking its head underwater to find food. In fall and winter their diet depends more on the seeds of grasses and weed species, and is when you’re more likely to spot one away from water. Not one of the commoner sparrows in these parts.

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