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 egg clutches, but with rain and more food, we see a shift to 4-egg nests.
For this post, I’d like to showcase some of the invertebrates I’ve encountered in my field mornings with the Cape Sable Seaside Sparrow. (This in