Posted by: atowhee | March 29, 2017


Not one, but two, White-crowned Sparrows in our garden today.  This is not a species that nests anywhere near our home, nor is this their kind of habitat.  Last year I saw this species twice in our garden–both times in April during northward migration.  Thus sighting is two weeks earlier and must come after the arrival overnight of a migrant band.

Our garden regularly gets Song Sparrows who nest nearby.  White-throated pass through and this winter one or two Golden-crowns have been here occasionally.  Fir a brief tine we even hosted a Fox Sparrow. Our local breeding sparrows in this suburban area are towhee, junco and Song Sparrow.  Perhaps at nearby Rotary Park a pair of Lincoln’s Sparrows.  Today’s arrival must surely be part of a group headed north.  Both are in crisp, bright breeding plumage…black and white head highlighted by the sunny yellow of the beak.WC AT BATHWC-ONEWC-TWO
Female Downy:DOWO SUUT

820 NW 19th Street, McMinnville, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Mar 29, 2017. 13 species

Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)  2
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)  1
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  1     calling
California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  X
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  X
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  X
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  X
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)  X
White-crowned Sparrow (Gambel’s) (Zonotrichia leucophrys gambelii)  2
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)  1
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)  X
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  X




  1. I have white-crowned sparrows year-round here in my garden in Sublimity. I’m about 41 miles from you, south and east.

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