Monday, September 26, 2016

Swamp Sparrow

Erika and I found a Swamp Sparrow at the Whitetail Woods Regional Park, Dakota County, on 19 June 2016. Swamp Sparrows are common in eastern North America and boreal Canada. They breed in swamps and wetlands, where they tend to be elusive. We found this bird singing from an exposed perch (“song posts”), a critical element of their breeding habitat. Males also make short, territorial flights above emergent vegetation. Otherwise both sexes forage in dense marsh vegetation.

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