It is difficult to find a Chipping Sparrow perched on a limb to photograph since they like foraging on the ground around my place. These birds are small and when they are moving through the leaves on the ground, it is hard to get a good clear photo. This one showed up at one of my feeders and landed on the limb that I placed near the feeder. It didn’t stay perched for long before it flew to the ground looking for seeds. I do see them moving through the trees feeding on buds and small arthropods.
Chipping Sparrow Facts
Throughout the year, chipping sparrows forage on the ground, often in loose flocks. Their diet consists mainly of seeds and crumbs of mostly any food, especially those fallen on the ground. Chipping sparrows frequently forage directly from forbs and grasses, too. At any time of the year, especially, in spring, chipping sparrows may be seen in trees, even up in the canopy, where they forage on fresh buds and glean for arboreal arthropods.
Although they are wary, chipping sparrows often allow close approach. A quiet observer can often get to within 50–100 feet of one or more chipping sparrows feeding on the ground. When spooked, chipping sparrows fly a short distance to the nearest tree or fence row.
In early spring, the first migrants return from their wintering grounds in March, but the bulk of migrants arrives throughout April. Males set up territories right away, and their trilled songs make them conspicuous. Breeding begins as early as April, but again, most nesting activity occurs from late April to early May onward. (Wikipedia)