Sparrows have been on my mind with the return of the white-throated sparrows' song to the early morning wake-up call outside my bedroom window. I love this song and I love how it signals that winter is coming (even while the weather outside is not so sure). Unlike the white-throated sparrow, the chipping sparrow is a year long resident around here. I found this one in the woods along the green trail the other day. They lose their bright rufous crowns during non-breeding months so are not quite as distinctive as in March-August. This one was happy to pose for a moment.