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  •  Today, G was for Golden-crowned Sparrow... (10+ / 0-)

    The first recorded in my yard! Lousy pic (taken through a very old window) but it documents it nonetheless.

    I was thrilled!
    Golden-crowned sparrow, Silverado, CA

    202-224-3121 to Congress in D.C. USE it! You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage them. "We're not perfect, but they're nuts."--Barney Frank 01/02/2012

    by cany on Sun Nov 24, 2013 at 09:35:37 AM PST

    •  Hooray! (6+ / 0-)

      I've got White-crowned Sparrows, but no Golden-crowned yet. Lucky you!

      "It's the Supreme Court, Stupid!"

      by Kestrel on Sun Nov 24, 2013 at 10:34:56 AM PST

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    •  That's a hell of a nice find. (4+ / 0-)
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      We had an accidental GCS in Illinois once, but I missed it by a day or so; I'd kill to see one of the little guys.

      •  Come to my yard. (1+ / 0-)
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        As they say in real estate... location, location, location.

        About ten years ago a Montreal-based ornithologist visited SF and stayed at our home the first night he was here.  We were going birding the following day, and I asked about his wish list - top of the list was Golden-crowned sparrow, and I said I was pretty sure it would be taken care of before we left the house.  It was literally the first bird of the day for him - calling as the sun came up and three in the yard visible at first light.

        Of course, I've never had a white-throated here in the yard.

        Lead your life - don't let your life lead you.

        by lineatus on Sun Nov 24, 2013 at 07:46:21 PM PST

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        •  Don't give up. White throateds started coming to (1+ / 0-)
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          my yard here in Eureka, up the coast from you, last year. I had never seen (or noticed) any before. But my daughter in Santa Rosa has seen them in her yard, so perhaps they are making their way toward San Francisco. Worth spotting the chubby little guys; they are so cute! I don't have any pictures for you, but I assure you, they were here, and I'm watching for them to come back later this winter or early in the spring.

          There's one for W. I was chuckling about how Kestrel got past S with Snipe and didn't need to use a single sparrow! But we have white-throated and white-crowned in case we need them.

          W. H. Auden: "We must love one another or die."

          by martyc35 on Mon Nov 25, 2013 at 12:14:43 PM PST

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          •  Marty (1+ / 0-)
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            Missed the window to rec this comment but oh, I did ponder that snipe vs any sparrow or sandpiper, too, of which I have many. Ultimately, I went with the snipe because it was just more of an interesting photo than any of the sparrows, to say nothing of the swallows! Hope you're doing well & keeping an eye on the ospreys!

            "It's the Supreme Court, Stupid!"

            by Kestrel on Tue Nov 26, 2013 at 08:55:37 PM PST

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