Nelson’s Sharp-tailed Sparrow: Acrobat of the Marsh

Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrow - Acrobat of the Marsh

Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrow - Acrobat of the Marsh

Nelson’s Sharp-tailed Sparrows lurk within dense reeds of Florida’s Panhandle coastal marshes. For much of the winter they are quiet, but today we heard it’s harsh, husky buzz and were delighted when it came in to our rendition of its song. Like us, this bird was enjoying Florida sunshine, a chance to get away from winter travails and gloom. We’d been gorging ourselves on the region’s fresh shellfish and seafood while it chose spiders, small snails and seeds. The bird was calm and so much at home in its realm. What an acrobat! It was Linda who first noticed it doing the splits – grabbing separate reed stems that swayed. My photos revealed that, other than when on the ground, this was its common mode of travel. Today we had a glimpse into the talents of this marsh-dwelling 20-gram (3/4 ounce) acrobat! See our full Trip Report and Species List soon on http://www.naturalistjourneys.com.

Nelson’s Sharp-tailed Sparrow – Acrobat of the Marsh
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One thought on “Nelson’s Sharp-tailed Sparrow: Acrobat of the Marsh

  1. We had such a wonderful view of the Nelson’s S-T Sparrow and this photo clearly captures his/her acrobatic skills.

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