While looking for the larger more impressive species it is easy for me to overlook little birds like this gorgeous little Chipping Sparrow. This evening with only a short time available to attempt to get my photo-fix I headed to a nearby overgrown fence row.
Upon my approach I noticed that my movements were being observed closely by the sparrow perched in the dead branches of a blow-down. Watching the bird's body language I slowly moved towards it holding the camera and tripod erect stopping frequently. When the bird began to exhibit a slight bit of nervousness I decided it was time to set up and make the shot.
Little doubt but what the sparrow was guarding a nearby nest.
Other birds sighted during this little outing included robins, catbirds, starlings, goldfinch, and turkey vulture. Out of all of these birds the little sparrow was the only one that offered the opportunity for a nice image to remember the evening by.