It’s no secret that I love birds. Since getting a decent camera I have enjoyed trying to take photos of these mostly shy creatures.
To help me sort through photos of individual species, and learn along the way, I’m going to highlight one bird species we see at our house each month through 2017.
This first highlighted bird is a common one ’round here: the Golden-crowned Sparrow.
BACK: brown with dark brown streaks
BREAST: gray – streaking only in juveniles
BILL: conical shaped. dusky on top, paler on bottom
CROWN: Gold, bordered with black – not as noticeable in immature and winter birds
WINGS: 2 white bars
BREEDING: Western Alaska to NW Washington
WINTER: West Coast woodlands from Southern British Columbia to Baja California
I often see these sparrows searching for food on the ground or perching in nearby brush.
The latest in spring I have noticed them at our house is early May. The earliest I’ve seen them return was mid September.
Forages mostly on the ground near dense shrubs for seeds, insects, fruits, grains, & greens.
Left: at our bird feeder
Right: searching for food in hay scooped out of our goat’s pen
FRIENDS & FAMILY
FAMILY: New World Sparrows
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Zonotrichia atricapilla
I often see the Golden-crowned sparrows with other sparrow friends.
Golden-crowned Sparrows & Dark-eyed Juncos
Golden-crowned Sparrow & White-crowned Sparrow
I always love watching birds explore, bathe and drink at our ponds.