Where rails thread their way among the rushes, and red-winged blackbirds, marsh wrens, and Maryland yellow-throats like to live, there listen for the tweet-tweet-tweet of the swamp sparrow. It is a sweet but rather monotonous little song that he repeats over and over again to the mate who is busy about her grassy nest in a tussock not far away, but well hidden among the rank swamp growth.
Some children say it is difficult to tell the plain gray-breasted swamp sparrow from the larger song sparrow with the streaked breast; but I am sure their eyes are not so sharp as yours.
Birds Every Child Should Know by Neltje Blanchan
Author of “Bird Neighbours,” “Birds that Hunt and Are Hunted,”
“Nature’s Garden,” and “How to Attract the Birds.”
NEW YORK GROSSET & DUNLAP
1907 by Doubleday, Page & Company
Title: Swamp Sparrow
Alternative Title: Melospiza georgiana
Description: A Swamp Sparrow perches on a flower stem in the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge located in New York.
Subject: Birds, Birdwatching, Perching birds, Wildlife refuges
Location: New York
FWS Site: MONTEZUMA NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
Publisher: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Date created: 2011-07-27