The Chipping Sparrow

@Raelove (17602)
Saco, Maine
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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@MALUSE (43620)
• Uzbekistan
27 Sep 17
I don't think that I've ever seen a sparrow with such a large white front. Our sparrows are grey-brown.
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@Raelove (17602)
• Saco, Maine
27 Sep 17
We have several different species here, too. And I think this one is the most attractive.
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@Corbin5 (116270)
• United States
27 Sep 17
It really is a beautiful bird as shown in the photo you provided for us. It really does do its best to clean up what the other birds have discarded, it seems.
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@Raelove (17602)
• Saco, Maine
27 Sep 17
Thanks. Had to adjust the photo size. My photo program doesn't always cooperate. It really is a sweet little thing. I love it.
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@celticeagle (119865)
• Boise, Idaho
27 Sep 17
I think sparrows are the cutest little birds
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@Raelove (17602)
• Saco, Maine
27 Sep 17
I agree. I love all birds, but the teeny ones are precious.
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@celticeagle (119865)
• Boise, Idaho
28 Sep 17
@Raelove ......I love all of them too. The little ones are precious.
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@Raelove (17602)
• Saco, Maine
22 Nov
@celticeagle Oh, they are. And so much fun to watch, too.
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@sabtraversa (13331)
• Italy
28 Sep 17
That's adorable! Good you have "feathered cleaners" over there.
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@Raelove (17602)
• Saco, Maine
28 Sep 17
Yes, and they "sing" while they work, too!
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@dodoazo (21403)
• Philippines
27 Sep 17
The bird looks beautiful. I usually go rush outside our house and look for the bird that is chirpping. It usually is atop of our clotheslines.
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@Raelove (17602)
• Saco, Maine
27 Sep 17
I do that, too! Thanks...
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@marlina (78025)
• Canada
27 Sep 17
I do not think that I ever got the chance to see a Chipping Sparrow in real life.
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@Raelove (17602)
• Saco, Maine
27 Sep 17
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.
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@KristenH (24946)
• Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
27 Sep 17
Awesome photo of that bird. I never heard of chipping sparrows before.
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@Raelove (17602)
• Saco, Maine
27 Sep 17
I think it's the most colorful of all the sparrows.
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@CarolDM (2669)
• United States
23 Sep
I saw one of these for the first time last year, sitting in a nest in one of my evergreens. I had no idea what is was. I researched and found out what it was. They are little beauties.
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@Raelove (17602)
• Saco, Maine
23 Sep
Those little birds are the cutest, aren't they?
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@CarolDM (2669)
• United States
24 Sep
@Raelove Yes they are very cute.
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@Raelove (17602)
• Saco, Maine
24 Sep
@CarolDM Many of them look like baby birds, but they're really adults.
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@ramapo17 (25614)
• Melbourne, Florida
20 Nov
This is a beautiful picture and the bird is so pretty.
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@Raelove (17602)
• Saco, Maine
20 Nov
They are quite sweet. Thanks...
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@ramapo17 (25614)
• Melbourne, Florida
21 Nov
@Raelove Do they disappear for the winter?
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@Raelove (17602)
• Saco, Maine
21 Nov
@ramapo17 Here they do, yes. They'll be back in the late spring.
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@Jackalyn (6857)
• Oxford, England
22 Nov
What a lovely bird and nice to know something about it.
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@Raelove (17602)
• Saco, Maine
22 Nov
It is very lovely indeed, and thank you.
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