Length: 5 - 5.5"
Breeding Habitat: Open woodlands, forest edges, forest clearings, wooded edges of lakes and rivers, open grassy areas with scattered trees, farmland.
Diet: Insects, including grasshoppers, beetles, and caterpillars; grass seeds and weed seeds.
Chipping Sparrows are similar to other sparrows with rusty crowns but have a white supercilium and black eye line in Spring and Summer.
(Credit: U. S. Geological Survey)
(Image credit: USGS)
Range in New England
The Chipping Sparrow is found breeding throughout New England.
This sparrow winters in the southern United States and Mexico. Some of these sparrows both breed in Mexico and Central America and are found there in the winter. These birds are considered residents.
Some Chipping Sparrows winter locally in New England, as can be seen on the eBird map below.
Winter Map from eBird
Sightings of the Chipping Sparrow from Dec-Feb over past 10 years (2009-2019)