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Chipping Sparrows

There are a flock of Chipping Sparrows here in the yards on a regular basis.  They come to the bird feeder daily along with the Brown-headed Cowbirds.  The Chipping Sparrows like to eat grass seed, and seeds from native weeds.  They are small brown and beige birds.  They hop around on the ground and usually are found in tall grass and around brush piles.  They are cute little guys!   The Chipping Sparrow looks a bit like the Song Sparrow, but it does not have a black bib mark on its chest.  I took these pictures in my yards on various dates in the first week of July, 2012.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Comments on: "Chipping Sparrows" (5)

  1. Yes, they sure are cute. I like all sparrows and these are friendly little fellows.

  2. TexWisGirl said:

    i really like the shot of the one on the wire. the greenery and light is so beautiful to frame him.

  3. Hi Linda, I’ve had a few Chippers through the years but haven’t seen one lately… I did get the cutest picture of a baby Downy this week… Will post it sometime… It will make you smile!


  4. Chippings are one of my favorite sparrows. They haven’t been coming to the feeders as often, I suppose they’ve got plenty of seeds elsewhere. But I am hearing their song most days, so they’re still here. I am not sure the bird on the wire is a Chipping, it sort of looks like the Vesper sparrow we have here, but according to the range maps, TN wouldn’t have Vespers until migration or winter. The juvenile Chippings have streaking on the breast, but it’s more uniform and their facial markings are not as distinct as this. I wish I could tell you for sure what it is.

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