Baby Chipping Sparrow

Butterfly Courtyard Willowdale Estate©Kim Smith 2013

Notice the two gardenia trees in the large planters in the background. Weren’t we startled  several weeks ago to find a nest tucked in the crook of the gardenia branches, with an egg!! The planters are moved often enough to accommodate wedding ceremonies, but that didn’t deter in the least the highly adaptable Chipping Sparrow from building its nest.

Baby Chipping Sparrow ©Kim Smith 2013Baby Chipping Sparrow 

Chipping SparrowParent Chipping Sparrow. The mom/pop waited anxiously, with a fat green caterpillar dangling from its mouth, for me to stop photographing. As soon as I moved away, it  flew to the nest to deposit the worm into the hungry baby’s wide-open mouth. The entire time I was there delivering plants Sunday afternoon, the baby never closed its mouth!

The song of the Chipping Sparrow is a lovely trill and you can hear it well on this video. They also make a piercing flight call, a characteristic sound of the evening sky during their annual spring and fall migration.

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