A back yard bird feeder can be an endless source of education if you are interested in learning about the birds that live in your area. As you can see by this picture, The Chipping Sparrow is enjoying a little afternoon snack. At first when I saw this bird; I did recognize it but I was not sure of its name.
I have Thayer’s Birding software so after a bit of research; I learned some amazing facts about Sparrows in the Province of Alberta.
What surprised me the most was learning that there are actually thirty-two different kinds of Sparrows in Alberta! That is an amazing fact, as revealed in Thayer’s. I had no idea there were so many different kinds of Sparrows.
The Chipping Sparrow is what they call a “pearching bird,” that dwells in wood land edges, grassy, weedy fields, thickets, lawns, gardens dry scrubland, mountain meadows and open ponderosa forests. Another totally amazing fact about The Chipping Sparrow can “subsist on dry seeds without drinking for up to three weeks.” (according to Thayer’s).
I would venture to say that the most amazing fact about this little creature is the charming little song they sing on a winter afternoon. Perhaps this little fellow is singing his thanks for the Sunflower seed he is eating?