Chipping Sparrow

Chipping Sparrow

Chipping Sparrow In Her Nest

This chipping sparrow is incubating her eggs.

Fledgling Chipping Sparrow

One of the four baby Chipping Sparrows that had just fledged

Chipping Sparrow Family

Was lucky to have this beautiful Chipping Sparrow family in my front yard this year!

Leucistic Chipping Sparrow on Her Nest

I had no idea this Chipping Sparrow had built a nest right in front of my house until I got home one day and was walking from my car to the front door when she flew out of a very small, skinny shrub right at the corner of my house! I was thrilled the first time I saw this beautiful bird come to my feeders and couldn’t believe it when she decided to nest right in my own front yard!

Feeding time!

A leucisitc Chipping Sparrow and her mate built a nest right at the front corner of my house next to the walk and driveway in a skinny 3-foot tall shrub. We tried to avoid disturbing the nest as much as possible by using the back door, but the car traffic in the driveway couldn’t be avoided. The parents didn’t seem to mind that we were around – they went about their business and always kept a watchful eye from the roof of our house or a nearby tree. Every few days when I would get home from work, I’d peek at the nest through my camera lens while sitting in my car in the driveway. After I snapped this photo, I realized it must have been feeding time because the baby was swallowing a bug. I went inside and let the parents get back to business. The parents are still frequenting my backyard feeders even though the babies have now fledged.

Chipping sparrow nest containing a cowbird egg

This nest, located about 7 ft from the ground in an Alberta spruce adjacent to my home, contained 4 chipping sparrow eggs and one cowbird egg.

Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Cornell Lab of Ornithology