Not Surprisingly, the Chipping Sparrow “Chips”
Another species that stands out in this soundscape is the Chipping Sparrow. You’ll often hear its dry chip notes and its song, a long, chipping rattle that remains at the same pitch. This is a great one to get to know well because it can be confused with several other bird species.
As Found in the Field
Watch this video of a Chipping Sparrow and its trilling song. Notice how the beak stays open during the trill while the bottom part of the beak vibrates rapidly.Benjamin M Clock/Macaulay Library
How to Talk About It
Learn the Sound Pattern
Listen for the distinct trill pattern.Arthur A Allen + Peter Paul Kellogg/Macaulay Library
Again, let’s listen to the soundscape, this time with the Chipping Sparrow in mind.Photo: Kevin J. McGowan. Audio: Gregory F Budney/Macaulay Library
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