This gallery contains 2 photos. Golden-Crowned Sparrows, like their cousins, the White-Crowned Sparrows, go through distinct changes in seasonal plumage. Photographed in the backyard on October 18. Juveniles and first winter Golden-Crowned sport only hints of yellow on their crown, and the black supercilium may be virtually non-existent. However, what they lack for looks, they make up for with their lovely song, which they sing from dawn until dusk.
winter plumage is much more muted, especially on this first winter Golden-Crowned Sparrow.
f/10, 1/180, 150-500mm telephoto lens, 500mm, ISO 1250, flash on
Photographed at Boundary Bay Regional Park on April 15. I am more likely to see the adult Golden-Crowned Sparrows in the spring — just before they take off for the tundras and Alaska in the summer to mate, nest, and raise their young. Their headdress is very striking during these seasons. These chubby sparrows are ground foragers, but we have “trained” them to feed from the hanging feeders in the backyard.
by spring, the black supercilium and yellow crown are super thick and vivid!
f/6.3, 1/400, 150-500mm telephoto lens, 500mm, ISO 400