The Ipswich Sparrow is an "all-Canadian bird", born and raised mostly on Sable Island, Nova Scotia, Canada. It's adapted to living on and raising young on broad sandy beaches, hence its light presentation. An appropriate name for this bird would be Sable Sparrow. Some believe it is a variant of the Savannah Sparrow, yet another dubious name for a bird since it has nothing to do with Savannah. Others believe it is a separate species. The Ipswich Sparrow is larger and lighter toned than the Savannah Sparrow, has a different song, and most importantly has a very different personality. How long after a species splits from the main line does it become a species of its own?
I used my tried and true technique for photographing the Ipswich Sparrow. I sat on a rock and waited for it to approach. Most birds adapt well and become accustomed to an interloper that makes no threatening moves or noises, such as playing bird song from an ipod.