Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Swamp Sparrow

Even though you can’t see the side of this bird’s face or its bill, you can identify this species as a Swamp Sparrow. Note the gray eye line and breast. The breast is very slightly streaked. The shoulders and the crown are relatively bright rufous.

As its name suggests, this species inhabits marshes, bogs, swamps as well as brushy meadows. A common bird, it breeds across eastern Canada and the northeaster United States. It winters in the southeastern US and eastern Mexico. I found this individual at Sprague Lake in Rice County, Minnesota, on 23 April 2017. Just like one of my sons, it refused to look at the camera.

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