Cape Sable Seaside Sparrows are sneaky birds. Starting the season as a first-time sparrow nest-searcher, finding a small grass nest in a vast grass prairie was a daunting task. What made it worse was that these birds are not only extremely well-camouflaged, but also have an annoying habit of running around on the ground where you […]
Even after studying Cape Sable Seaside Sparrows for over three months now, there’s no way for me to tell the difference between males and females–let alone different individuals–just by looking at them. For that reason, almost all the sparrows on our study plots have unique color bands that help us keep track of who’s […]
The birders among you may already know that the Cape Sable Seaside Sparrow shares its marl prairie habitat with Red-winged Blackbirds, Common Yellowthroats, grackles, and the occasional raptor or migrating bird. But what else—besides birds—inhabits this vast expanse of grass?
For this post, I’ll share a few of my reptile finds from my walks through […]