The Saltmarsh Sharp-tailed Sparrow is a common breeding resident in Falmouth saltmarshes. They usually arrive near the end of May. Nesting begins right away and they form loose colonies. Typically the Saltmarsh Sparrow lays 3-5 eggs and young are fed mostly insects. The Saltmarsh Sparrow has a streaked gray brown back, streaked pale buff breast, sides, and flanks; a grayish cheek and orange facial markings. This Saltmarsh Sparrow was recently observed scurrying through a West Falmouth saltmarsh in search of food.
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