© HJ Ruiz – Avian101
The Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) is a species of American sparrow, a passerine bird in the family Emberizidae. It is widespread, fairly tame, and common across most of its North American range. There are two subspecies, the eastern chipping sparrow and the western chipping sparrow. This bird is a partial migrant with northerly populations flying southwards in the fall to overwinter in Mexico and the southern United States, and flying northward again in spring. It molts twice a year. In its breeding plumage it has orangish-rust upper parts, gray head and underparts and a distinctive reddish cap. In non-breeding plumage, the cap is brown and the facial markings are less distinct. The song is a trill and the bird has a piercing flight call that can be heard while it is migrating at night.
In the winter, chipping sparrows are gregarious and form flocks, sometimes associating with other bird species. They mostly forage on the ground for seeds and other food items, as well as clambering on plants and trees, feeding on buds and small arthropods. In the west of their range they breed mainly in coniferous forests, but in the east, they choose woodland, farmland, parks and gardens. Breeding starts in late April and May and the nest is often built in a tree.
The heavy stormy weather from States west of Georgia added to the jet stream coming from Florida are carrying a great amount of humidity to our State. We are in Summer now usually know for being hot but blessed with a gentle and soothing breeze…With the added humidity it feels so uncomfortable and sticky. Conditions that are not so inviting to be outdoors.
It makes a big difference to me because I care for my plants, lawns, shrubs etc. I have to be very efficient and cautious of not getting dehydrated. The humid heat drains your energy very quickly. Fortunately, the flow of birds coming and going continues normally at different time patterns which I learned make a lot of sense. I’m following the bird’s unintended “suggestions” (Actually I do what they do) and it works pretty good. Here is how: There are moments when large high clouds block the sun and there’s a cooler breeze that drops the temperature just a few degrees but it makes a difference…then the birds come out, for as long as the cloud moves on and the sun break out again. Cloud gone birds gone, H.J. gone! All the tricks I learn from the avian friends.
© HJ Ruiz – Avian101
It has been a few days of doing many things at home and about. To start, it was my birthday and five days later it was Tyler’s birthday.
For me it’s just like any regular day but I couldn’t stop Lucy and Tyler to bake me a cake and blow one candle at breakfast time. It was good to have only one candle on the cake otherwise if we had the real number we could’ve incurred into a unstoppable blaze!
For Tyler things were much different, he had a birthday party at school with his classroom friends. He came home with some birthday gifts and happy for he had a lot of fun. He also went out to the movies with some friends. He was happy about that too. I grilled some delicious meat for Lucy and Tyler, he loves to eat hamburgers! Lucy and I love flank steak and I grilled a mean supper delicious piece…I’m drooling on my keyboard now!
Before Tyler’s birthday I painted his room and we rearranged it with new furniture, he loves it ! He’s acting very mature now…he says! After all he’s 7 y.o. now!
Although I had a great deal of fun, doing many great things around the house and inside, I had to wear long sleeve shirts for the reason of some nasty poison oak on my right arm. I’m well now but I felt very uncomfortable while the poisoned skin was affected.
My birds have been very active because the weather has improved to a point of ideal for plants, grass, flowers, trees etc. Everything is green and colorful my shrubs are looking their best, also my trees. All these favorable changes make me happy! The bird families in my backyard have increased their numbers and all look full of health!
These are the birds that accompanied us during our birthdays!