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Field Finds: Invertebrates

From the sparrow's point of view, the more invertebrates, the merrier.  Cape Sable Seaside Sparrows rely on invertebrates of all kinds--anything from spiders to crickets to dragonflies--for food for themselves and their young.  You can see changes in invertebrate abundance reflected in the sparrows' clutch sizes: when the pickings aren't as good (usually early season), sparrows tend to lay 2-3 [...]

By |July 10, 2015|CSSS, News|

A Three-nest Day

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 can’t [...]

By |June 27, 2015|CSSS, News|

Sparrow Banding

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 who. [...]

By |June 19, 2015|CSSS, News|

Field Finds: Reptiles

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 [...]

By |June 4, 2015|CSSS, News|

Eureka! A nest at Site D

We began our morning of transect surveys with some trepidation.  When we’d gone out for our first set of transects at Site D earlier this week, we’d been beaten to exhaustion by the unseasonably hot weather.  On top of that, the Water Management District had notified us of flooding at the site yesterday.  And with a considerable