The Chipping Sparrow
September 27, 2017 4:08pm CST
I don't get as many different types of birds to my feeder here as I did in other places I've lived. But one that I've seen just about everywhere is the Chipping Sparrow. A bit smaller than the Black-Capped Chickadee, the Chipping Sparrow is primarily a ground forager and only rarely flies up to the feeder in search of food. It prefers picking seeds up off the ground and is often seen under bird feeders picking up what other birds drop and anything other type of wild seed it can find there. One advantage to having Chipping Sparrows around is that you can buy cheaper birdseed that contains lots of what I call filler seeds: millet, cracked corn, safflower, grey-striped sunflower, hemp, and milo. The sparrows, along with other ground-feeders, love to munch away on these different types of seeds, and I can keep the more expensive black-oil sunflower seeds for the feeder. I love, too, the sweet little chipping sound the bird makes, and for which it is named. It's a little high-pitched "cheep," and it means that it's hard at work making use of what other birds didn't eat. Photo Copyright@2017 Rachel Lovejoy
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• Saco, Maine
If you ever look outside across an expanse of grass or under trees, and see tiny birds foraging, that could be them. If the grass is brown and dry, their coloring makes them somewhat hard to spot. I hope you get to see one someday.