While most of the fledged Chipping Sparrows are eating on their own now, their is one particular youngster who is still begging for food. The adult, under the duties vested in her, continues to feed the youngster even though it’s standing in the very food being fed to it.
Throughout the summer, “Chippers” from the area have congregated on our platform feeders, eating such delicacies as white millet, sunflower chips, cracked corn and safflower. Although I have never observed any member of the sparrow family eating safflower seed, the chippers relish it. Quite often, we see chippers feeding along side Northern Cardinals in a Cardinal dedicated feeder that contains only safflower seed.
Enjoys these adorable photos of an adult Chipping Sparrow feeding its young.
All photos taken with a Canon 7D and a Canon 400mm f/4 L IS lens. Simply click a thumbnail for a full-sized view.