Chipping Sparrows (Spizella passerina) are intermittant late spring and summer residents for us here at Leaning Oaks. They arrive in the second week of May usually and are gone by the 3rd week of July. We don't have records for every year either, although there is usually a pair in the neighbourhood. I suspect they are commoner than our records would indicate. One difficulty is that their song sounds a lot like the song of a Dark-eyed Junco (our most abundant songbird). This spring I did a call playback experiment and found the Juncos reacting to the Chipping Sparrow's song quite often - which made me feel a bit better since they couldn't tell the song apart either.
Two biologists on a beautiful property armed with cameras, smart phones and a marginal knowledge of websites took up the challenge of documenting one species a day on that property. Join along! Posts and photographs by Leah Ramsay and David Fraser (unless otherwise stated; started January 1, 2014.