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 Post subject: A juvenile white-crowned sparrow or another type of sparrow?
PostPosted: Dec 26 8:33 pm 
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Juvenile white-crowned or golden-crowned sparrow?

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 Post subject: Re: A juvenile white-crowned sparrow or another type of spar
PostPosted: Dec 27 6:16 pm 
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I’m going with White-crowned but because the top of the head is not visible it’s hard to tell. Your bird does have 2 white wing bars and White-crowns are more common than Golden-crowns in winter.
I’m no expert though but thought I’d try a guess.

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 Post subject: Re: A juvenile white-crowned sparrow or another type of spar
PostPosted: Dec 27 6:59 pm 
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It looks like a Golden-Crown to me from the little tint of gold on the forehead and the patterns on the back. I've seen a whole ton of em this winter and they seem to mostly be juvies. GCSP also seem to have a more robust build with a gray area surrounding the face.

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 Post subject: Re: A juvenile white-crowned sparrow or another type of spar
PostPosted: Dec 27 7:29 pm 
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Thank you both. Actually, I have had a few golden-crowned sparrows visiting my feeders over the past couple of weeks. As you say, it's difficult to know for certain. I will just call is a sparrow.


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 Post subject: Re: A juvenile white-crowned sparrow or another type of spar
PostPosted: Dec 27 8:05 pm 
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I think Golden Crowned Sparrow as well!


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 Post subject: Re: A juvenile white-crowned sparrow or another type of spar
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Thanks, Jason.


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 Post subject: Re: A juvenile white-crowned sparrow or another type of spar
PostPosted: Dec 29 4:20 pm 
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Don't forget that White-crowned Sparrows have all Yellow bills vs the Grey/Black upper manbdible on the Golden-crowned as seen in the pic!

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