Monday, May 12, 2014

Swamp Sparrow

This stormy spring seems to be slowing migration. I did band a couple of Swamp Sparrows, a species I have written about several times in the past, including in 2011 and 2013. Mowbray (1996) writes that this species is “a common, if elusive and local resident of the eastern United States and boreal Canada.” The Swamp Sparrow’s scientific name is Melospiza georgiana, the species name referring to the state in which it was first discovered in 1790. The retiring behavior and the swampy nature of this sparrow’s habitat result in relatively little being known about the bird's natural history.

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