Early this morning a bunch of birds were perched in the branches of our Japanese Maple in our front yard. Here’s one of them, a Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla) This bird is a westerner. It ranges from Alaska to Baja. This one is considered a first winter bird. It’s also all puffed up due to the fact that the temperature was Minus 4 C.
In order to give the birds some shelter this winter, we left a pile of tree trimmings on the ground. The birds quite like it and it attracks a lot of them like this Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla) on a very rainy day!
This happy little Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla) is busy cleaning up it’s little patch of the garden. Either that or it was hidding! It picked up the leaf and moved it aside, looking for bugs and things to eat underneath.
A Golden-crowned Sparrow juvenile. This little one had been on a feeder when someone bigger chased it onto the Cedar Hedge!
A Golden-crowned Sparrow in the snow. It could quite possibly be the first time this bird has ever seen snow. Lots of other creatures on the west coast are facing a similar situation, as their driving skills will attest!
A matching pair of Golden-crowned Sparrows keeping a sharp eye out, while they eat at the feeder
A Golden-crowned Sparrow just about to make a hasty retreat.
I like it’s stance, stretched over two branches!