From the Editor
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