August 13, 2014

Eating wild carrot.

This chipping sparrow is eating the seed head of Queen Anne's Lace or wild carrot.
A common bird and a common plant.

Spizella passerina

A crisp, pretty sparrow whose bright rufous cap both provides a splash of color and makes adults fairly easy to identify.

The nest of the Chipping Sparrow is of such flimsy construction that light can be seen through it. It probably provides little insulation for the eggs and young.

The oldest known Chipping Sparrow was 11 years, 10 months old.

source - Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

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