Seaside Sparrow

Seaside Sparrow

Basic Description

The Seaside Sparrow, also known as Ammodramus maritimus, is a small sparrow native to the salt marshes along the eastern coast of North America. As its name suggests, this bird’s habitat consists mainly of marshy coastal areas.

Where To Find This Bird

Seaside Sparrows can be found year-round in their breeding range that extends from southern Maine to northern Florida. In the winter months or non-breeding season, they tend to move further south and can sometimes be seen in Texas or on Caribbean islands like Cuba.


These birds thrive in saltwater and brackish tidal marshes where they build their nests low among grasses such as cordgrass or Spartina alterniflora. They are often found in areas with lots of mudflats and shallow water that provide plenty of food sources for them.


Seaside Sparrows feed primarily on insects during the breeding season but will also eat snails, spiders, crustaceans, and seeds throughout the year. During high tide cycles when prey is scarce around their nesting area, these birds will fly inland searching for other food sources.

Cool Facts

– The seaside sparrow has a unique song that varies depending on location so much that different populations may not recognize each other’s songs.
– These sparrows have been observed using tools – specifically blades of grass – to aid them in capturing insects.
– Seaside Sparrows are monogamous and mate for life. Both parents share incubation duties until eggs hatch.

In conclusion, Seaside Sparrows are fascinating little creatures well-adapted to living among coastal saltmarshes despite challenges posed by rising sea levels and human development activities near waterways. Their beautiful songs fill our marshlands with music, and their unique behaviors make them a joy to observe.