Chipping sparrow season

Photo by Chris Bosak A chipping sparrow perches on a branch in New England, June 2020. Merganser Lake.

A Day on Merganser Lake

The tiny and cute chipping sparrow is one of the more commonly seen sparrows this time of year in New England. I have found a few nests over the years (including this year) and I’m always amazed at how small the nests are. I’ve never ventured close enough to see the eggs but I can imagine they are quite small, maybe jelly bean or marble sized. Spring migration may be over (for the most part) but the nesting season is exciting in its own right.

Birds to brighten your day: April 15

Photo by Chris Bosak A chipping sparrow visits in a yard in Danbury, CT, April 2020. (Merganser Lake)

A Day on Merganser Lake VII

Here’s a welcome sight in the spring: a chipping sparrow. I saw my first-of-the-year chipping sparrow last week, but they typically feed off the ground underneath my feeding system. This one jumped up to the railing to check out the mealworms that the bluebirds and pine warblers have been feasting on. Another positive sign of spring, even if it is in the 30s right now.

(Repeat text for context:  I’m running out of COVID-19 lockdown themes so from now until things get back to some semblance of normalcy, I will simply post my best photo from the previous day. You could say it fits because of its uncertainty and challenge. I’ll call the series “A Day on Merganser Lake,” even though that’s not the real name of the lake I live near in southwestern Connecticut, it’s just a nod to my favorite duck family.)