Photo Credit: Karen Lebing
Caption: In the coastal saltmarshes around Pea Island, the seaside sparrows have started singing for their mates. They sit up high in the saltmarsh grass and sing their "hiccup-twang" song. They are solitary and secretive, so this is the only time of year when you can see them well. Feeds mostly on insects, aquatic invertebrates and seeds.
Visit National Wildlife Refuges Visitor Center on Roanoke Island. Open 7 days a week 9 am-4 pm Mon-Sat & Noon-4 pm Sun. Admission is free. https://www.fws.gov/refuge/Alligator_River/
USE YOUR MANNERS and BASIC COMMON SENSE! For the safety of yourself and your family, as well as the wildlife you are viewing, ALWAYS VIEW FROM A SAFE DISTANCE! If you see a change in the behavior of the wildlife (they move away, etc), you are TOO CLOSE! And. remember: all traffic laws apply on Refuge roads. Seat belts, car seats for children, etc. - whatever is required by the State on a public highway is required on the Refuge! Learn more about tips for safety during bear encounters at http://bearwise.org/bear-safety-tips/bear-encounter/