Our juncos have gone north for the summer, but the crowned sparrows have arrived to take their place. Today there were a dozen or so white-crowns in my garden:
|Adult sparrow, whether male or female, only they know. Not a sage, whatever the sign says, although s/he's wearing a thoughtful look.|
|They like my flower pots.|
|"Are you still watching?"|
The few Golden-crowned sparrows are more elusive ...
|Even a wire fence helps to hide. At least, it confuses the camera.|
|Caught dashing across the cement, to check out the crumbs from the chickadee feeder.|
|The eyebrow markings are solid black, without the white stripe of the white-crowned sparrow.|
|Another pair behind the "fence".|
From Cornell, "All About Birds":
Adult Pacific form has:
- Bold black and white head stripes
- Clean gray throat and breast
- Gray face and nape
- Pink or orangish bill
- Brown sides and flanks
- Yellowish bill
- Large sparrow, small songbird.
- Yellow crown, bordered by black.
- Gray face and chest.
- White wingbars.
- Back brown with black stripes.
- Long tail.