Chipping Sparrow near Nobleton, Ontario: Early May 2020

Just about everything in Nobleton is modern. This former church is the only historical building that I found.

former Church
former Church

Modernization will soon be coming to it:

former Church

The Chipping Sparrow is one of our smallest sparrows, often nesting close to our homes in ornamental evergreens or other shrubs, as well as along roadsides and forest openings in Northern Ontario. Their song sounds somewhat like a miniature sewing machine motor.

Chipping Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow

You can see the Tout-lily flower in the background. Here is other botany from my morning of roaming on side roads.

apples from last season
Sugar Maple (Acer sachharum)
White Trillium (Trillium grandiflorum)
White Trillium (Trillium grandiflorum)
Nannyberry (Viburnum lentago)
Highbush-cranberry (Viburnum opulus)
Plantain (Plantago major)
Black Raspberry (Rubes occidentalis)
Black Walnut (Juglans nigra)
Marsh-marigold (Caltha palustris)
Coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara)
Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis)
Virginia Waterleaf (Hydrophyllum virginianum)
Periwinkle (Vinca minor)
Scotch Pine (Pinus sylvestris)
Thimbleweed (Anemone virginiana)
Apple (Malus)
Mealy Rosette Lichen
Willow (Salix)
Manitoba Maple (Acer negundo)
Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)
Trout-lily (Erythronium americanum)

Nature scenes:

PIleated Woodpecker drilling
abandoned Robin’s egg

Birds that I was able to photograph:

Common Grackle
Tree Swallows
Tree Swallow
Canada Goose
Mallard (male)
Red-winged Blackbird (female)
Red-winged Blackbird (male)
Trumpeter Swan
Trumpeter Swan
Trumpeter Swan


This is the time we dock the night
Of a whole hour of candlelight;
When song of linnet and thrush is heard—
And love stirs in the heart of a bird.               – Katharine Tynan (1861–1931)

Miles Hearn

2 thoughts on “Chipping Sparrow near Nobleton, Ontario: Early May 2020

  1. Anouchka

    Beautiful photographs and observations, as always. I really like how you’re melding domestic with wild. Feels like we’re on the road trip, getting a sense of how accessible research can be (there’s so much to see if you explore the ‘provincial backyard’).

  2. Lisa Volkov

    Gorgeous pictures of beautiful things. The next best thing to being there. Thank you so much, Miles!


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