Saturday, May 11, 2019

Golden-crowned Sparrow

Golden-crowned Sparrows are common migrants and winter residents in western Washington. This sparrow breeds from western Canada north into Alaska. They winter from southwestern Canada to northern Baja California. Erika and I photographed the first bird on 23 April 2019 as we walked around Capitol Lake in Olympia. The second image is of a bird banded in our backyard on 2 May. The numbers of this species appear to have increased during recorded history, presumably due to forest cutting and the birds’ fondness for cultivated fields and gardens. Despite their abundance, Golden-crowned Sparrows have been scantly studied by ornithologists.

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