Chipping Sparrow, macro-style
On Friday, at my Aunt Bonnie and Uncle Paul’s house in Saugerties, NY, I enjoyed myself watching their feeders and photographing the freeloaders. Their two clear-plastic feeders suction-cupped to their living room window had a steady stream of visitors but only titmice, chickadees and Chipping Sparrows would let me get close enough to get the kind of shot I wanted. Since I have already used pictures of chickadees and titmice on this type of feeder on the blog, I will stick to the Chipping Sparrows in this post.
Chipping Sparrow enjoying free food
In addition to the “normal” Chipping Sparrows taking advantage of my aunt and uncle’s hospitality a single leucistic Chipping Sparrow fed on the ground. Maybe it was too ashamed to show itself for a close-up?
Also present in the yard were Mourning Doves, a hen Wild Turkey (sometimes a whole flock will come in when my aunt calls them), Northern Cardinals, Brown-headed Cowbirds, Grey Squirrels, Eastern Chipmunks, American Goldfinches, White-breasted Nuthatches, and more that I can’t remember. And, believe it or not, they have had a Black Bear come and sit at the picnic table they use as a platform feeder (literally, he sat on the bench and ate off of the table).
After our meal my niece found a Red Eft, or newt, on the front walk:
After his photo-op we moved the newt to a safer location where it was less likely it would be trod upon.
And then Daisy and I said our good-byes and headed down to New York City, where I had an absurdly good day of birding on Saturday (tomorrow’s post will be looooong).
Such wonderful macro shots of Newts and Chipping Sparrows! Also, love the shot of the leucistic Chipping Sparrow! BRAVO
That first shot shows so much feather detail! I am amazed that you were able to get such close shots, even at a window.
Sparrow eyelashes – cool!!
It was so good to see you two on Friday. Any time you’d like to visit my bird feeders- please do. This morning (Monday) we discovered the window bird feeder was down and there were lots of muddy bear footprints on the window.
It’s only a question of time until we see the marauder. Looking forward to it.
@ John: the pics were taken from about six inches away.
@ Monarch and Lucy: Thanks!
@ Aunt Bonnie: Thanks and do you think I can get that close to the bear?
Those are interesting to look at.-Not a bad looking bird in high def.-I was hearing an alternate song for chipping sparrows but can’t find it on my audio c.d.
Picture closeup of chipping sparrow is amazing! For many years now we have these sparrows nesting very close to our home. They even follow us around seemingly when we are out in the yard gardening! However, we are concerned that for several years now our chipping sparrow family seems to be raising cowbird chicks( we see the smaller chipping sparrow eggs dislodged & replaced by the larger cowbird eggs). We also observe the chipping sparrows dutifully feeding the larger cowbird chicks. Can we, in some way,change this viscious cycle?