Photos by Barry Wallace
Plump seems like an understatement
Pictured here is one of the many Chipping Sparrows that were at our feeders all winter. It's spring now, of course, and the same Chipping Sparrows are still at the same feeders. The one pictured here, having consumed its fill of Niger Seeds, decided to just roost for a while, until its tummy settled. My Stokes Field Guide to Birds says the Chipping Sparrow is a: "Small deep-bellied sparrow with a high rounded crown, short bill...". The one pictured here certainly seems to have the 'deep-bellied' part down pat. 'Chippings' are one of my favourite sparrows. They're just so darned cute.
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