April 23, 2010, Land Between the Lakes, Kentucky, 7:15 am:
An hour or two after recording the dawn song of a Chipping Sparrow (see Chipping Sparrow – Commonplace Bird), I was able to collect some video of the same bird singing “normal” songs:
The male is sounding off while perched on a steel cable fence next to a parking lot. Note that another Chipping Sparrow is singing nearby and the two are alternating their songs (for the most part). Songs of a Yellow-throated Vireo and a Northern Parula Warbler can be heard in the background.
The Chipping Sparrow is quite a handsome bird. Viewed in the right light, his varied earthy tones and chestnut cap are rich and saturated. He is no ordinary little brown bird . . . he is one of the most colorful of the sparrow clan!