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Chipping Sparrows and more - Richmond, June 21 2013

Posted by birder on Monday, June 24, 2013
On a private property near Steveston in Richmond, I almost always see Chipping Sparrows and Bullock's Orioles, two harder to get birds in the Vancouver area. On the 21st, I managed to get hear and get a brief glimpse at one of the Bullock's Orioles, but I didn't get any good shots. The Chipping Sparrows however, were more willing to pose for my camera.

This spot always has Chipping Sparrows, and today, I manged to see and hear at least 13 birds, a very high count. This number included at least three recently fledged young.

Here are some of the adult Chipping Sparrows I saw:

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Here is a photo of a young Chipping Sparrow that was following around an adult:

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One of the reasons Chipping Sparrows are not very common in the Vancouver area is because of brood parasitism on Chipping Sparrow nests by Brown-headed Cowbirds. If a bird is a brood parasite, it means that they lay their eggs in other birds nests instead of raising their own young. In the same tree as a young Chipping Sparrow being fed by and adult was this baby Brown-headed Cowbird, so it was possibly raised by Chipping Sparrows:

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Other birds around included these guys:


Red Tailed Hawk

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Eurasian Collared-Dove

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Barn Swallows:

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An American Coot family (cool to see as these are less common breeders in the Vancouver area from what I know)

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Bald Eagles

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There had been some nice birds in the afternoon!



Thanks for looking!



 

 

 

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