Bird of the week: Chipping Sparrow

Chipping Sparrow
(becoming rare summer visitor)
photo by Mds 2007 May 5 (Wiki)

Chipping Sparrow
Spizella passerina
The Chipping Sparrow is a slender, fairly long-tailed sparrow with a medium-sized bill that is a bit small for a sparrow.
Smaller, trimmer, and shorter tailed than a Song Sparrow; slightly larger than a chickadee.
Both Sexes
Length: 4.7-5.9 in (12-15 cm)
Weight: 0.4-0.6 oz (11-16 g)
Wingspan: 8.3 in (21 cm)
Color Pattern
Summer Chipping Sparrows look clean and crisp, with frosty underparts, pale face, black line through the eye, topped off with a bright rusty crown. In winter, Chipping Sparrows are subdued, buff brown, with darkly streaked upperparts. The black line through the eye is still visible, and the cap is a warm but more subdued reddish brown.
Learn more about this bird: The Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Link to Birds Page