|Common Name||Chipping Sparrow|
|Scientific Name||Spizella passerina|
|Type of Report||Out-of-Season|
|Date of Observation||02/06/2021|
|Reporting Observer's Name||Richard Littauer|
|Mailing Address||10 Monsignor Crosby Avenue #4|
Montpelier, VT 05602
|Latitude of Observation||43.79584|
|Longitude of Observation||-73.09485|
|Place Name||1 Maple Street|
|Vermont eBird Checklist URL||ebird.org|
|Time of Day||12:11 PM|
|Length of Time Observed||2 minutes|
|Maximum Estimated Distance from Bird (in feet)||25|
|Minimum Estimated Distance from Bird (in feet)||15|
|Noteworthy Weather Conditions|
|Optical Equipment Used for Observation|
Vortex Diamondbacks 8x42 binoculars
|Observer’s Previous Acquaintance With This or Similar Species|
Seen many times in season and out-of-season.
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|Description of Habitat|
In a small bush next to a feeder, visiting feeder. With House sparrows. Yard.
Feeding at a bird feeder, hiding in bush.
|Description of Vocalizations|
None heard. I can't hear their chips very well.
|Verbal Narrative & Description of Observation|
I noted some House Sparrows in a bush and visiting a feeder, and so walked closer in order to see if there was anything else and to count them. I saw one bird which I thought was an American Tree Sparrow, but then I noticed that it was smaller, with a dark eye-line and without the grey I would expect on the cap. The breast was also pale. I then remembered that a CHSP had been seen here, before (I get alerts), and I summarily identified this as one.
|Relative Size & Shape|
Dark eye line. Red cap. Cute little bill.
|Feet & Bill|
Not noted especially.
More brightly colored than a SOSP.
|Breast, Belly, Flanks, Under Tail Coverts|
Pale breast without central dot.
|IMPORTANT: What similar species were eliminated when making the identification and how was this bird different?|
ATSP was eliminated by dark eyeline that wasn't red (to my poor eyes), lack of central black dot in breast, and small size. Other passerines not considered relevant.
|This report was written from notes taken:||Written from Memory|