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Thursday, January 24, 2008

More Golden-crowned Sparrow pics

These pics show upper parts and nape of the Golden-crowned Sparrow that is spending the winter near the parking area below the Tunnel Drive trail in the far west part of Canon City. The dark stripes and lack of white on it's nape are distinctive and make this bird appear darker (at least to me)when seen from the rear or side. Clearly these views are less distinctive than a view showing the head with the yellow medial fore-crown. I think it's a rather attractive bird, even with it's more muted winter plumage.

Golden-crowned Sparrows normally winter along the west coast, from northern Baja, Mexico to Canada with a sliver going up the lower Colorado River along western border of Arizona to Nevada. So one on the eastern slope of Colorado is far out of range. SeEtta


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