CF2C9135-001The 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.