Swamp Sparrow 4/26/18

Here’s a medium-sized sparrow of wetland habitats with especially long legs for wading the shallows while foraging for aquatic invertebrates. In winter their diet includes a lot more seeds. They are distinctively marked with a lot of rufous in the cap and wings, a white throat and a gray unstreaked breast and a gray face with a black eyestripe. They’re a fairly common sparrow in New England but not often seen in their swampy habitats, nor do you ever see them in groups. Their song is a simple trill, a little like a Chipping Sparrow but slower and lower pitched. They are closely related to both the Song and Lincoln’s Sparrow.

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