Nelson Sharp-tailed Sparrow (Ammodramus nelsoni)
- Small, stocky songbird.
- Orange-yellow face.
- Gray ear patch.
- Smudgy streaks on breast and flanks.
- Short, rounded tail with pointed tail feathers.
Voice: Song a steady hissing buzz.
Habitat: Freshwater marshes and wet meadows in interior and brackish marshes along coast; in winter in salt and brackish marshes.
Nesting: Open cup of grass stems and blades, lined with finer grass blades and sometimes built up on sides to form partial covering.
FYI’s: The Nelson’s Sharp-tailed Sparrow formerly was considered the same species as the Saltmarsh Sharp-tailed Sparrow, collectively known as the Sharp-tailed Sparrow. The two forms have separate breeding ranges that barely overlap in Maine. They differ in genetics, songs, and subtle plumage characters.
Resource material provided by:
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology/ http://www.allaboutbirds.com