Gateways

Melospiza melodiaSong Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) absolutely owning the place.Melospiza melodiaThere are a good number of Songs nesting at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, which is part of Gateway National Recreation Area.IMG_8587Another was singing on top of this Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) nest box. There’s probably a whole family of swallows in there behind the parent seen poking out.IMG_8703The same situation several days later at another Tree Swallow nest box, on the opposite end of the West Pond. (This time the light was with me.) This Song has a bug in its mouth.

The nest boxes are very convenient places to perch. Not to mention nest: Tree Swallows and House Wrens are really making use of them out there.

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