Sunday, January 26, 2014

Golden-crowned Sparrow

The Golden-crowned Sparrow (Scientific name - Zonotrichia atricapilla) is a ground foraging sparrow found along the Pacific Coast of North America from Alaska and as far South as Baja California.  It is distinguished by it's yellow crown which becomes more predominate in breeding males. 
Photos taken in January 2014 at Elgin Heritage Park, Surrey, B.C.


  1. The less spectacular birds that can be scooped up into silly name categories like "lbb's" "Little brown birds" are the ones I need to learn...I may actually know them, but I lack confidence in distinguishing them...and little and brown though they may be, they are not unimportant. These are nice photos. I'll go look at them again and then when I spot a golden-crowned sparrow sometime soon, I will tell him that I saw photos of his northern cousin.

    1. Thanks for the comment. I too am trying to learn the little brown birds, because there are so many that look so similar. Thank goodness for books and for birders who are willing to help novices like myself. Cheers, Neal