swamp sparrow (Melospiza georgiana)
CONFIRMATION STATUS: Confirmed.
Length: 5 inches
Rusty crown-solid in summer, streaked in winter
Gray face and supercilium
Black streak extends behind eye
White throat with dark malar streak
Black and buff streaked back
Buffy flanks with indistinct streaks
Thin, rounded tail
Face generally browner in winter
Juvenile (summer) similar to adult but is buffier and streakier underneath
The swamp sparrow is similar in size and habitat to the song and
Lincoln's sparrows but has rusty wings and lacks extensive dark
streaks across the breast. Other sparrows with rusty crowns are
paler underneath lacking buffy flanks, rusty wings or blurry streaks
on the flanks. Juvenile swamp sparrows are very similar to juvenile
Lincoln's and song sparrows.
Migration Status: Short distance migrant
Breeding Habitat: Wetland-open water
Nest Location: Ground-low nesting
Nest Type: Open-cup
Clutch Size: 3-6
Length of Incubation: 12-15 days
Days to Fledge: 11-13
Number of Broods: 2
Diet: Mostly seeds; lesser quantities of insects
SKY MEADOWS DISTRIBUTION/SEASONAL OCCURRENCE
Relative abundance and seasonal occurrence are indicated in red below.
C - Common: Likely to be present in good numbers in appropriate habitat and season.
U - Uncommon: May be present in appropriate habitat and season, often in low
O - Occassional: Found in appropriate habitat perhaps only a few times per season,
sometimes low numbers.
R - Rare: May not be recorded every year.
Acc - Accidental: Recorded once or twice, may not be expected again for a long time.
Sp - Spring: March, April, May C
Su - Summer: June, July, August
Fall: September, October, November C
Winter: December, January, February U
Crooked Run Valley