Migration: Swamp Sparrows

Swamp Sparrow (Melospiza georgiana) - Summerhill State Forest, New York

Swamp Sparrow (Melospiza georgiana) - Summerhill State Forest, New York

Sorry it was so quiet around here last week.  I have had a busy week but now have some time to share a few new images.  Songbird migration has finally gotten underway.  For several weeks there have been huge flocks of Red-winged Blackbirds and American Robins around, but now many sparrows have also returned and are now on territory and singing.  Last week, I was able to find and photograph four different species of sparrows in just two days.  Over the next few days I’ll be sharing with you a few images of these birds while we wait for the warblers to start showing in the next few weeks.

Swamp Sparrow (Melospiza georgiana) - Summerhill State Forest, New York

Swamp Sparrows are some of my favorite sparrows as they have a wide variety of rich browns in their plumage.  They breed, as their name suggests, in wet marshy places.  This particular bird was singing in the reeds alongside the bog in Summerhill State Forest.  The habitat was still very brown as very few plants had started budding or sprouting, but I plan to return several more times in the next few months and hopefully will get more spring like pictures!  Tomorrow we’ll take a brief look at Song Sparrows.

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