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Chipping Sparrows in Richmond

Posted by Liron on Monday, June 16, 2014
Chipping Sparrows have been uncommon in the Vancouver area for a long time, with the last breeding occurring in the area about 20 years ago. The initial decline began to pick up in the 1970s, mainly due to parasitism by cowbirds. Since then they have been scarce and to see one is notable.

As many of you know from previous postings, I have a "secret spot" in the Steveston area of Richmond that gets breeding Chipping Sparrows every year. I first confirmed breeding here in 2010 when I saw a young bird following around an adult, but I did not know the significance of the sighting until I started using eBird. That was when I learned that there hadn't been confirmed breeding for 20 years in the Vancouver area!

I am now seeing increasing numbers of Chipping Sparrows at the location in the past few years. My high count in 2013 was of 13 birds, and my high count so far this year is of 21 birds. I am looking forward to hopefully seeing young birds soon, but for now I still love watching them singing and feeding, all over the place:


May 24

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June 1 (the day I counted a Vancouver area record, 21 Chipping Sparrows)

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June 15

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Thanks for looking! :)



 

 

 

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