And then this bird popped up, surely the Golden-crowned, right?
Was the Golden-crowned on the ground with these guys?
Finally, this bird popped up along the back of the yard. THIS was the GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW:
It eventually started to work towards the feeders and closer to us:
Finally, it came in and fed on the ground. Here it is with a male NORTHERN CARDINAL, WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, and female PURPLE FINCH:
The PURPLE FINCHES here were incredible, easily 50-100 at one spot. Here is a picture of part of the flock as well as a female that posed nicely:
There were many AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES, this one braver than the others:
Lastly, here is a FOX SPARROW that also made an appearance:
This was only the second time in my life that I had seen a GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW; the first being on Middleton Island, Alaska, where I worked with seabirds for a summer back in 2003.