Chipping Sparrow - Gill yard, Franklin Co., MA. March 31st, 2012. (Song Sparrow at rear).
White-throated Sparrow - Gill yard, Franklin Co., MA. March 31st, 2012.
Song Sparrow - Gill yard, Franklin Co., MA. March 31st, 2012.
On Saturday afternoon I thought I'd just have ten minutes trying to photograph the many Song Sparrows that visit our feeders on a daily basis. To my surprise one of the birds that materialized was a breeding plumage Chipping Sparrow that had somehow eluded being noticed, despite regular checks of the feeders. It was certainly the first of the year but I didn't realize just how notable it was until I entered the information into ebird and a prompt came up entitled "Rare"! I couldn't help but wonder what other 'rarities' slip through the feeders without us seeing them, or what a more concentrated effort of feeder watching might produce?
Also, still plenty of Dark-eyed Juncos and a few White-throated Sparrows utilizing the feeders.