Saturday, September 22, 2012

Golden-crowned Sparrow

Another common bird in our son's bird feeder last April in Washington was the Golden-crowned Sparrow. This species is a common winter bird in shrubby and urban areas along the West Coast of the United States, but it breeds further north in British Columbia and Alaska. Relatively few behavioral studies have been conducted on this sparrow. Norment et al. (1998) write that Alaskan goldminers called this bird "Weary Willie "because it was forever singing 'I'm so tired!'...Others called it the 'No Gold Here' bird," again interpreting the call (link curtesy Thayer Birding Software.)

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