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Fence-perching swamp sparrow


One of the sparrows that hang around the garden poses on the fence, in the fog. I think it’s a Swamp Sparrow, which would make it backyard bird #58.


The habitat of a Swamp Sparrow is described by its name: Various wetlands, including freshwater and tidal marshes, bogs, meadows, and swamps.

The boggy red maple swamp begins not far past the garden.

Food: Seeds, fruits, and aquatic invertebrates. Interesting variety.


The swamp sparrow (Melospiza georgiana) is a medium-sized sparrow related to the song sparrow.

(Song sparrow was my first guess, but I kept googling photos of both.)

Adults have streaked rusty, buff and black upperparts with an unstreaked gray breast, light belly and a white throat. The wings are strikingly rusty. Most males and a few females have a rust-colored caps. Their face is gray with a dark line through the eye. They have a short bill and fairly long legs. Immature birds and winter adults usually have two brown crown stripes and much of the gray is replaced with buff.

Might be a young one

Juvenile similar to adult, but with fine streaking on buffy chest.

If anybody knows this is a different kind of sparrow, please let me know!

My first towhee


What’s under the back deck stairs? A new bird!


It’s a female Eastern Towhee. Pretty!


Hard to get a good shot.


A strikingly marked, oversized sparrow of the East, feathered in bold black and warm reddish-browns – if you can get a clear look at it. Eastern Towhees are birds of the undergrowth, where their rummaging makes far more noise than you would expect for their size. Their chewink calls let you know how common they are, but many of your sightings end up mere glimpses through tangles of little stems.

So true!