THE CREAGRUS CALIFORNIA LIST
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all photos & text by Don Roberson
all photos taken in California
CHIPPING SPARROW Spizella passerina
12 June 1998 along Granite Springs Rd. E.D.

The CHIPPING SPARROW is a common breeder throughout the woodlands of California, from oak savanna to high montane confirerous forests. Its distribution is patchy, however, and generally requires an understory with grass. Migrants are widespread both spring and fall, but most Chipping Sparrows winter south of the state. Winter records are quite scarce in northern California.

Most Chipping Sparrows I've encountered have been breeders in normal range or migrants. The only records pulled out of my notes specifically are these:

3/12/78 Robinson Canyon MTY     earliest spring arrival for county at the time
See the family page for county abbreviations. All photos & text © 2002 Don Roberson; all rights reserved.
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