Golden-crowned Sparrow

Zonotrichia atricapilla


Newfoundland’s second Golden-crowned Sparrow, present at Renews (just a few hundred metres from the first record a year earlier!) at the end of October 2019. (Photo: Alvan Buckley, October 30 2019)

Status: Very Rare (<5 records)

Origins: Common along the western edge of North America, this species breeds from Alaska to Washington, and winters from southern British Columbia to Baja, California. It is an unusual visitor east of the Rockies and especially rare in eastern North America.

Record Details:  Two records for Newfoundland: (1) An individual was present at a feeder in Renews from December 7-10, 2018. (2) An individual was seen several times in brushy habitat (away from feeders) in Renews on October 30-31, 2019.

There is also one record of an overwintering individual in St. Pierre-Michelon, December 3 2006 – May 4 2007.

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