all photos & text by Don Roberson
CHIPPING SPARROW Spizella passerina
all photos taken in California
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
Most Chipping Sparrows I've encountered have been breeders in normal
range or migrants. The only records pulled out of my notes specifically
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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