Hey, if you are going to put pictures of me on your blog, tell people I am a Golden Crown Sparrow.
Look, can you see my golden crown? Get a good picture of that.
I think this is my best side.
If I get lower, down on the ground, you might be able to see my crown better.
Okay, I am going to go eat seeds now.
A golden-crowned sparrow! If the other photo was a Florida scrub jay, then your Mom had a West Cost species show up in her backyard, a genuine rarity. I had one several years ago in Western Nebraska, and it was only the 6th report of the bird for the state. I’ve found authenticated reports of this bird in Maine, North Carolina, New York, and Arizona, so Florida doesn’t seem out of reach.
No, these are all pretty local to the S F Bay Area.
A beautiful sparrow! One of my lifetime sightings here in Western Nebraska was of a phainopepla, the first and only verified sighting (so far) in a record that goes back to the Lewis and Clarke Expedition. It showed up in my backyard for a two month period.
That is freekin’ awesome.