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April 9, 2011 / Leslie

Weekend Birding: Chipping Sparrow

Another common North American sparrow is the Chipping Sparrow. It’s a small sparrow with streaky upper parts, pale gray underparts and a distinct rufous cap. They are often confused with other sparrows. A distinguishing feature is the black stripe through the eye.

Chipping Sparrow

The Chipping Sparrow winters in the Southern US and Mexico and then makes its way back north in the spring to breed across North America and Canada. I often see Chipping Sparrows in my backyard hopping on the ground looking for seeds. These two were poking around under the feeder.

Chipping Sparrow

This guy wandered over to the driveway and started chirping for me. They are pretty friendly and continued foraging while I was in the yard gardening.

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  1. BermudaOnion / Apr 9 2011 8:00 am

    They’re beautiful! I saw some baby killdeer in our neighborhood yesterday and thought of you!


    • Leslie / Apr 9 2011 1:44 pm

      Finding the Killdeer are always a treat. I don’t see them that often. On today’s bird walk we split into two groups and the other group got to see a Killdeer sitting on her nest… on the ground. I’m amazed that no one steps on them!


  2. Rebecca Rasmussen / Apr 9 2011 8:39 am

    Oh how cute these guys are! They’re back 🙂 Happy Saturday Leslie! XOX


  3. TheBookGirl / Apr 9 2011 8:50 am

    Until I started reading your blog, I had no idea there were so many kinds of sparrows 🙂
    These guys are cute! Does “rufous” refer to the color or type of cap?


    • Leslie / Apr 9 2011 1:45 pm

      Rufous means reddish-brown color. Sometimes I forget and slip into birdspeak!


  4. Mary / Apr 9 2011 1:12 pm

    These are wonderful photos. I love the detail!


  5. Marie / Apr 9 2011 4:21 pm

    I love bird shots. These are great. We usually see a few of these at/under our feeders.


  6. Suko / Apr 9 2011 4:29 pm

    They are adorable! You remind me to set out some nuts for my blue birds. Happy weekend.


  7. Trish / Apr 9 2011 5:46 pm

    They remind me of the chickadees we get in our back yard – busy, friendly and not very afraid of us at all.


  8. laurelrainsnow / Apr 9 2011 7:52 pm

    Even though the sparrow is supposed to be kind of plain, these shots make them gorgeous. Showcasing the beauty in the simplest bird. Thanks for sharing.

    Thanks for visiting my blog…and for the MTM compliment!


  9. Lee / Apr 9 2011 8:23 pm

    Cute birds and such terrific shots. I look forward to visiting your blog each Saturday. 🙂


  10. Alyce / Apr 10 2011 12:38 am

    They are so pretty! I love your close-ups of birds and keep thinking that you must have an awesome camera, or know a whole lot more about photography than I do – probably both! 🙂



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