spring call of the Chipping Sparrow.
The female has a softer call, 'see, see, see, see' that can be lost in the sounds of the spring woods unless you are paying attention.
These are cheerful little birds, sporting their bright, rufous red berets. They cluster at the feeders, explore the fields and woodlands in search of grass seeds and small insects, and build a nest that is so dang flimsy you can see through it. How the eggs stay in is a wonder... The female does all the construction -- the male sits on guard, but doesn't lift a hammer to help. Interior decorating consists of a lining of animal hair, so these birds are always delighted to find clumps of horse hair in the paddock as the winter coats get shed.
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