But all is not right in the chipping sparrow world ...
|It has been fooled by the brownheaded cowbird into rearing the cowbird young. The cowbird juvenile is screeching for its food so loudly that it startled the chickadee.|
|"Hey. Where did you go?"|
Although the chipping sparrow adult didn't look rundown from all of its efforts to feed its big baby, the cost was in the loss of its own young for this season. Other chipping sparrows were successful, though, and we saw many real families at the feeder. They will be leaving soon for their winter home not too far to the south of us.