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Monday, April 3, 2017

Sparrow wading in shallow water

If you take a walk in a wetland and see a sparrow wading in shallow water and picking insects and seeds from the surface it is probably a Swamp Sparrow.

Swamp Sparrows are actually named aptly, as they like to live near swamps. They bop about cattails and the edge of the water looking for beetles, caterpillars, spiders, leafhoppers and flies. Their feather coloration helps them blend in and hide from daytime predators such as hawks, herons and snakes.

While swamp sparrows can be found year-round in small numbers in southern Michigan, they migrate up from the southeastern United States in April to nest further north.
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