POTW #12: Chipping Sparrow

Chipping sparrow (Spizella passerina), Durham, NH. 7 May 2010. 72mm, f/2.8, 1/50 sec, distance 3 meters.

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2 Comments on “POTW #12: Chipping Sparrow”

  1. Allison Says:

    I was just wondering what these birdies were at my feeder this weekend! They looked so much like the chickadees, but now I know. Thanks!!

  2. bpatricksullivan Says:

    Glad I could help! They are shaped and sized like chickadees, but have a red cap rather than black. Chipping sparrows look kind of similar to American tree sparrows, which have a “rufous” or rusty colored cap (not as bright red as the chipping sparrow).

    Also the American tree sparrow has a rufous eye line, and a bill that’s black on top, yellow on the bottom, while the chipping sparrow has a black eye line and its bill is all black.

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