Chipping Sparrow Perched On Limb

By | April 12, 2017

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 Perched On A Limb

Chipping Sparrow (Arkansas) – Canon 7D2 | Canon EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L v2 Lens | @400mm | 1/500 | f/6.3 | ISO 1000

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)

Author: Steve Creek

An Arkansas-based wildlife photographer specializing in the wildlife found in Arkansas and Oklahoma. Steve’s images are created from his overwhelming passion for being outdoors with cameras in tow.

2 thoughts on “Chipping Sparrow Perched On Limb

  1. Rita Roberts

    I have your interest in birds Steve. This little fellow is lovely so thanks for a splendid shot of him or her, whichever the case maybe.

  2. Greg Topp

    So that’s what those are!
    Greg Topp
    Hayward, Wi

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