On Neighborhood Nestwatch visits in June, I documented breeding Chipping Sparrows at three different houses south of Denver (one in each Centennial, Englewood and Highlands Ranch), including one feeding a baby Cowbird. I believe Colin also had some on his visits. This was the third year of the project and the first year we've found Chipping Sparrows like this.
Meredith McBurney Biologist and Bander Bird Conservancy of the Rockies
On Monday, July 8, 2019 at 12:59:18 PM UTC-6, Carol wrote: > > Hi all, > Our Centennial, Arapahoe Cty neighborhood now has a pair of breeding > Chipping Sparrows. > > Last summer I oddly kept hearing a Chipping Sparrow sing all through June. > This year our first Chipping Sparrow arrived to our ash tree singing > exuberantly and unceasingly while other ChSp spent their two weeks break > here eating on the giant dandelion patch across the street. Eventually > there was the expected migratory exodus, except for the singing bird who > seemed to have settled in down the street a few houses. Today I watched an > adult ChSp feeding a juvenile in plain view on the ground 12 feet away. > So, Chipping Sparrows join Bushtits and Mountain Chickadees as more > recent breeders in our urban neighborhood. We live near Colorado Blvd and > Mineral in Centennial. > > Carol Blackard > carolblackard.com > Sent from my iPhone >