From the Edi­tor

Birds & Blooms - - Contents -

the an­nual au­tumn ar­rival of golden-crowned spar­rows to her San Rafael, Cal­i­for­nia, back­yard. Liv­ing in Wis­con­sin, I’m not fa­mil­iar with this spar­row species. After I read Kelly’s com­ment on page 62, I grabbed my Kauf­man field guide to learn more. As their name im­plies, they’re cute lit­tle spar­rows with bright yel­low dots on the top of their heads. I read that their range is quite lim­ited—they spend sum­mers in Alaska and western Canada, but are spot­ted in shrubby, weedy fields on the West Coast dur­ing spring and fall.

You’ll find an­other golden-crowned spar­row tid­bit in our roundup of peanut-lov­ing birds that be­gins on page 30. Like other na­tive spar­rows, such as the white-throated and white-crowned, the gold­ens stay on the ground, nib­bling peanuts that other birds have dropped from the feed­ers.

I’ll most likely never see a golden-crowned spar­row for­ag­ing on the ground below my feed­ers (un­less I move out West), but I’m more than happy to give this lit­tle-known, new-to-me bird a lit­tle at­ten­tion.

KIRSTEN SWEET, DEPUTY EDI­TOR

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