Feed me mommy! Feed me! by William Brennan

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I followed this Chipping sparrow mom and baby around my yard until the little guy finally sat still for a few minutes and waited for mom to come back with food. Chipping sparrows are a species of American sparrow in the family Emberizidae. It is widespread, fairly tame, and common across most of its North American range. In eastern North America, Chipping Sparrows breed in woodlands, farmlands, and suburban and urban districts. Throughout the year, Chipping Sparrows forage on the ground, often in loose flocks. Their diet consists mainly of seeds and crumbs of mostly any food, especially those fallen on the ground. Chipping Sparrows frequently forage directly from forbs and grasses, too. At any time of the year, especially, in spring, Chipping Sparrows may be seen in trees, even up in the canopy, where they forage on fresh buds and glean for arboreal arthropods. Although they are wary, Chipping Sparrows often allow close approach. A quiet observer can often get to within 50–100 feet of one or more Chipping Sparrows feeding on the ground. When spooked, Chipping Sparrows fly a short distance to the nearest tree or fencerow. I got a lot closer than fifty feet to these two cuties. Mom is on the bottom. This was taken in my back yard in Rockaway, NJ. I used a Kodak Z7812 IS digital camera.


backyard, birds, feeding, outdoors, sparrow, tree sparrow, wildlife

I’ve always appreciated nature, but I didn’t show interest in photography until digital started to come into it’s own. I had many cheap cameras over the years, but when I got the Nikon D3100 for my birthday last year, I really started to realize what photography was all about. I’ve had such a blast learning on the go over the past 10 months. I’ve gotten shots that I could have only dreamed of a year ago. I hope you all enjoy my photos, and by all means, BUY SOMETHING! =)

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  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkealmost 4 years ago

  • Kimberly Chadwick
    Kimberly Chadwickalmost 4 years ago

    Wat a great moment to have witnessed let alone capture, well done!

  • Thank you Kim I felt the same way. The baby just sat there for a while and gave me a few shots to capture the moment.

    – William Brennan

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBalmost 4 years ago

    June 22, 2010

  • Thanks Teresa. It’s always cool to get a feature! :)

    – William Brennan

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBalmost 4 years ago

    You’re very welcome William

  • Barb Miller
    Barb Milleralmost 4 years ago

    Easy does it … I’ll be back with more. What a darling image. Barb

  • Thanks Barbara. I was very cute to watch. I was very lucky. :)

    – William Brennan

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