A small bird, the Chipping Sparrow will feed on the ground and on the bird feeder. Often mistaken for the American Tree Sparrow, the Chipping Sparrow has a distinct black eye line. The crown of the Chipping Sparrow is also much more vibrant.
The Chipping Sparrow is located throughout North and Central America. It is well known for it’s foraging of seeds and in 1929, Edward Forbush described it as “the little brown-capped pensioner of the dooryard and lawn, that comes about farmhouse doors to glean crumbs shaken from the tablecloth by thrifty housewives.” (Chipping Sparrow Overview, 2019). The Chipping Sparrow was probably the most common sparrow in my backyard this spring.
Chipping Sparrow Overview, All About Birds, Cornell Lab of Ornithology. (2019). Retrieved August 16, 2020, from https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Chipping_Sparrow/overview