Hi all,

Chipping sparrows are a rare and local (former?) breeding species in  
the panhandle of Florida.  During the Florida BBA (1986-91) Chipping  
sparrows were not confirmed breeding.  Possible evidence was  
collected in eight blocks and probable evidence was obtained in  
southern Liberty County.  I have never found this species breeding in  
Florida during my occasional summer forays into the panhandle.  I  
don't know the distribution and abundance in Gerogia or Alabama.

It is possible that this bird was a post breeding wanderer from a  
nearby breeding area rather than a true migrant.

David Simpson

On Aug 10, 2007, at 2:56 PM, [log in to unmask] wrote:

> My wife just emailed me photos of a breeding-plumage Chipping  
> sparrow which showed up at our feeder this morning. Unusually early  
> (for me) to be seeing this species.
> John Murphy
> Alligator Pt, FL
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