Posted by: atowhee | February 25, 2014

NAME THIS SPARROW

This leucistic sparrow was feeding on the ground in Scott Valley, a high and dry steppe in northern California (Ft. Jones is the main town there). It is in California but most likely had to migrate south through Oregon to get there. The Zonotrichia are all regular there in winter along with the Song Sparrow, see bottom picture for size comparison, and Juncos.
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After looking it all over my best guess was Golden-crowned Sparrow based on size, overall confirmation and the pattern on the bird’s back. Would entertain all other counter-arguments. Ortolan Bunting anyone?

HERE IN ASHLAND, OREGON, THE KLAMATH BIRD OBSERVATORY IS SPONSORING OUR FIRST-EVER MOUNTAIN BIRD FESTIVAL. IT IS MAY 30-JUNE 1. WHITE-HEADED WOODPECKER, CALLIOPE HUMMINGBIRD, WESTERN SCREECH-OWL, SANDHILL CRANES ON NESTING GROUNDS, BOTH EAGLES, NESTING OSPREY, ACORN & LEWIS’S WOODPECKERS, MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRD AND CHICKADEE, HERMIT AND MACGILLIVRAY’S WARBLER, CASSIN’S FINCH AND VIREO, BAND-TAILED PIGEON, BLACK TERN, RED-BREASTED AND WILLIAMSON’S SAPSUCKERS, GREEN-TAILED TOWHEE, LAZULI BUNTING, AMERICAN DIPPER, WRENTIT, TOWNSEND’S SOLITAIRE–SOME OF THE BIRDS WE EXPECT TO SEE. WITH A LITTLE BIRDING MOJO WE CAN ADD GREAT GRAY OWL, SOOTY GROUSE, MOUNTAIN QUAIL, NORTHERN PYGMY-OWL, SWAINSON’S HAWK, EVENING GROSBEAKAND NORTHERN GOSHAWK.


Responses

  1. Is the bill maybe too “yellow-orange” for a Golden-crowned ?

    • I am assuming the beak color is affected by the leucistic condition that has altered the plumage so much.

  2. […] birds can be very white, sometimes. Each is unique in my experience. Click here to see a very white GC Sparrow I had years ago. Click here for a spotty junco I had in Ashland garden more than a decade ago. There are two birds […]


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