Primary field marks (in winter): Black eyeline through eye to bill; dirty white supercillium; brown crown; unmarked gray breast; two weak white wingbars. Fairly common in brushy habitat in winter in CO, often solitary or in small groups. Males and females look alike. American Tree Sparrow and White-crowned Sparrow vs. Chipping Sparrow. While you should not completely disregard the possibility of these rare winter species being present, you are generally safe ignoring them. (Female) Gray-brown head with white eyebrow and malar; heavy, “clean” streaks on breast and belly; pointed bill; faint brown wingbars. Get newsletter and program reminders, special timely announcements (such as weather cancellations), and never any spam! Only the male sings, usually from a high perch, as he begins to establish his nesting territory. Spotted Towhee vs. Black-headed Grosbeak (male). Males and females look alike. The rump is finely streaked cinnamon, which gradually changes to gray. Black-headed Grosbeak does not winter in Colorado Springs. Chipping Sparrow does not winter in Colorado Springs. FOOD OF CHOICE These are some of the most low-maintenance feeder birds, because they graze on whatever they can find on the ground. Like many sparrows, they’re a bit picky about where they build; the female might start several nests before she settles on a single location. The Chipper is found throughout Maine in the summer, but they leave for the southern states, Mexico and Central America in the fall. Chipping Sparrow (2010) Chipping Sparrow (2008) Chipping Sparrow (2008) Song Sparrow. Join the board. FASCINATING FACTS If you think you’ve seen a chipping sparrow in winter, you might want to take a second look. Many species that you would find in high numbers in the summer are, at best, extremely rare in the winter. Sharply marked sparrow with a rusty cap, black eyeline, and unstreaked gray underparts. Blue-winged Teal does not winter in Colorado Springs. Purple Finch does not winter in Colorado Springs. Aiken is looking for a new Hospitality Chair, who will be responsible for coordinating the amazing snacks we enjoy at our meetings, once we can resume meeting in person. Similar looking birds to Chipping Sparrow: American Tree Sparrow Adult, Field Sparrow Adult Similar Species to Chipping Sparrow, All About Birds, Cornell Lab of Ornithology Photos comparing this bird species with similar or confusing species, including captions that point out specific differences to help confirm identification. Nonbreeding birds are paler than breeding birds, but note brownish crown, dark eyeline, and unstreaked neck and belly. Java sparrow male and female identify. Primary field marks: (Adult male) Pink-red wash over nearly entire body; white belly and undertail coverts, and unstreaked flanks; straighter bill appears pointy. The tree sparrow also has a rufous cap, but it summers in northern Canada and Alaska. Sometimes the terms plug and socket or jack are used, particularly in reference to electrical connectors. Fish & Wildlife Service), (Text by Tyler Stuart. Thanks for watching this video. Join us for our monthly meeting where John Drummond will be taking us on a virtual birding trip through Namibia. (Female) Gray-brown head with no distinct patterning; heavy, blurry streaks on breast, belly, and flanks; also has rounded-looking bill; weak white wingbars. You know you’re looking at a chipping sparrow by its chestnut cap and black eye line, though it does lose the cap and the eye line fades slightly in winter. Found in open woodlands and forests with grassy clearings across North America. Contact any board member. Home Birding Attracting Birds Bird Nesting. Primary field marks: (Adult male) Orange-red wash on head, breast, and rump with thick, brown streaks on flanks; brownish wings and back; curved bill gives it rounded look. NESTING HABITS While the females build the nests, the males stand guard. Sign up with Amazon Smile. Don’t let the bewildering variety of regional differences this bird shows across North America deter you: it’s one of the first species you should suspect if you see a streaky sparrow in an open, shrubby, or wet area. Hope you like this video. Juveniles have streaked underparts and a streaked brown crown. So keep those feeders full—the sparrows appreciate anything that falls down. Corona/Covid-19 Prospect Lake Tuesday Waterbird Walks: October 27 – December 8, 9:30 a.m. The distinctive mark is the rust-colored crown atop their heads. The female connector is generally a receptacle that receives and holds the male connector. Native and ornamental grasses offer plenty of seed for this ground bird. Always feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns! Field trips have also resumed with social distancing measures in place. All Aiken programs are now taking place on Zoom until further notice. Chipping Sparrow Usually conspicuous, they may form sizable flocks during the nonbreeding seasons, often mixing with juncos, lark or clay-colored sparrows, pine or palm warblers, or bluebirds. Note dark eyeline. Bright rusty crown, black eyeline, and unstreaked grayish belly are distinctive. Females can be finicky about placement, often beginning to build a nest, then leaving to begin in another spot. ... male Chipping Sparrows defend territories against other Chipping Sparrows, but often tolerate other species as long as they don’t go too near the nest. Primary field marks: Solid black “hood”; fairly thin, pointed black bill; red iris; white breast and belly; orange sides; black wings with fine spots. Instructions for each meeting are emailed the week before the meeting. NESTING HABITS While the females build the nests, the males stand guard. THE SUBJECT Chipping sparrows are among the most common sparrows in North America. Fairly common in brushy habitat in winter in CO, often solitary or in small groups. Chipping sparrows typically lay two to seven pale blue eggs and will raise one to three broods in a single season. Very common in brushy habitat in winter in CO; almost always in flocks. THE MARKINGS You know you’re looking at a chipping sparrow by its chestnut cap and black eye line, though it does lose the cap and the eye line fades slightly in winter. Immature birds have a brown crown with thin dark streaks and buffy gray underparts with thin streaks. They’re summer visitors for most, reaching all the way up to Alaska. American Tree Sparrow and White-crowned Sparrow vs. Chipping Sparrow. In electrical and mechanical trades and manufacturing, each half of a pair of mating connectors or fasteners is conventionally assigned the designation male or female. Join our mailing list! Interested? Gray rump visible in flight. Primary field marks: (Female) Very long, wide bill that may be somewhat orange ; bright orange legs; gray wing coverts; larger bird than Blue-winged Teal. They winter or spend the whole year in southern states, from California, east to Florida and north to Maryland. Primary field marks: Black hood with orange “collar”; huge, faintly bicolored bill (color difference not always obvious); black iris; orange breast, belly, and sides; black wings with large white areas.