• Chipping Sparrow

    Common NameChipping Sparrow
    Scientific NameSpizella passerina
    Type of ReportOut-of-Season
    Date of Observation02/06/2021
    Number Observed1
    Reporting Observer's NameRichard Littauer
    Mailing Address10 Monsignor Crosby Avenue #4
    Montpelier, VT 05602
    United States
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    Date Completed02/08/2021
    Latitude of Observation43.79584
    Longitude of Observation-73.09485
    Place Name1 Maple Street
    Vermont eBird Checklist URLebird.org
    Time of Day12:11 PM
    Length of Time Observed2 minutes
    Maximum Estimated Distance from Bird (in feet)25
    Minimum Estimated Distance from Bird (in feet)15
    Noteworthy Weather Conditions

    Calm, cloudy.

    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.

    Behaviors Observed

    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

    Small passer.


    Dark eye line. Red cap. Cute little bill.

    Feet & Bill

    Not noted especially.

    Upper Back

    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

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