Another aptly named sparrow

Yesterday, we looked at the field sparrow, and discussed how habitat is often an important factor in identifying sparrows. Today, it’s the swamp sparrow. I found this bird lurking near a swampy (no surprise there) area during a recent walk.

Again, borrowing a description from, here’s what they say about the habitat of the swamp sparrow: “Swamp Sparrows nest only in wetlands. In the northern parts of the range, they use fens and bogs that have patches of open water, especially those dotted with shrubs. They also nest in peat bogs with little open water. Through most of the breeding range, look for them in freshwater marshes with cattail, sedges, and other tall reeds, rushes, or grasses; these areas often have willows or alders around their edges.” More information may be found here.

Here’s yesterday’s post in case you missed it.

Yet even more from northern New Hampshire

Photo by Chris Bosak An ebony jewelwing perches on a pine bough in northern New Hampshire, July 2020.

Here are a few more photos of my trip to northern New Hampshire (Pittsburg and Lake Umbagog). Yes, there will probably be yet another post or two coming up …

Photo by Chris Bosak A female common yellowthroat perches on a branch in northern New Hampshire, July 2020.

As I had mentioned in previous posts, I have been going up to visit the Great North Woods for nearly 30 years now and I’ve never seen so many turkeys as I did on this trip. They were Continue reading

More “colorful” sparrows

This past summer I wrote a post on this website about sparrows and, while they may not boast red, blue or green feathers, they are still beautiful and heavily decorated. The beauty, however, is more subtle — mixing browns and tans rather than vibrant hues. Sometimes you have to look closely or at a different angle, but the beauty is there. In that previous post, I included a photo of a Song Sparrow. Here’s the link in case you missed it or want to see it again.

So now I offer this Swamp Sparrow as further proof. I saw this sparrow at Cove Island Wildlife Sanctuary in Stamford (Ct.) earlier this fall, so it’s not even in its breeding plumage. I have seen Swamp Sparrows on their breeding grounds while camping in northern New Hampshire and they are strikingly plumaged. Their fall plumage, as you can see here, is not too bad either.

Photo by Chris Bosak A Swamp Sparrow perches on a branch at Cove Island Wildlife Sanctuary, fall 2014.

Photo by Chris Bosak
A Swamp Sparrow perches on a branch at Cove Island Wildlife Sanctuary, fall 2014.