This week I am showing you some of the sparrows that we saw in our yard this spring. Beginners often have trouble identifying sparrows because many of them look so much alike. Birders often refer to these sparrows as LBJs (little brown jobs). You’ll see why in these photos because all the birds have a brown streaked back. But, if you look at the head pattern, there are identification marks that help distinguish each sparrow species.
Chipping Sparrows are a common summer resident in most of the United States and Canada. They have adapted well to living near humans and they will nest in forests, suburbs, fields, and parks. Their clear breast and rusty chestnut cap are good identification marks. Their song is a long, fast trill.