Like many backyards across the US, ours has an abundance of chipping sparrows flitting about. (Did you know that a grouping of them is called a “tournament?” Interesting.) With his bright rufous cap, black stripe and white eyebrow, this appears to be a breeding male as their coloring appears duller in non-breeding seasons. “In 1929, Edward Forbush called the Chipping Sparrow ‘the little brown-capped pensioner of the dooryard and lawn, that comes about farmhouse doors to glean crumbs shaken from the tablecloth by thrifty housewives.'” Source: Cornell Ornithology Lab Although populations are on the decline, probably due to habitat loss, their high-pitched single-noted song, often heard from the tops of trees, is a familiar sound of summer. As they tend to eat a lot of crawling insects during the breeding season, they are quite welcome in my garden!