Date: 7/8/19 7:08 pm
From: David Suddjian <dsuddjian...>
Subject: Re: [cobirds] Chipping Sparrows breeding Arapahoe County
I will add that Chipping Sparrow is a regular breeder at several locations
in the City of Littleton, Arapahoe County, the most notable being a
metropulos of Chippers at Littleton Cemetery, where there are many pairs
documented nesting in 2018-2019. About 10 pairs are nesting there this
year. Other sites are along the Prince Street corridor and in adjacent
"mature" neighborhoods. In these areas of Littleton their favored habitats
is medium to large conifers (pines or spruce) with areas of open grass or
lawn. The more lawn and more conifers, the better. Thus, Littleton Cemetery
is prime and I think unique habitat in Littleton.

Prior to 2018 eBird shows very little evidence of the species in Littleton
in the heart of the local nesting season (June to early July), but it may
be key that Littleton Cemetery was not covered hardly at all in the nesting
season until 2018. Anyway, there is more to the story there.

David Suddjian
Littleton, CO

On Mon, Jul 8, 2019 at 12:59 PM 'Carol Blackard' via Colorado Birds <
<cobirds...> 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
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