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Sunday, April 10, 2022

Flower powered

A golden-crowned sparrow feeds on plum blossoms on a raining morning near Elkton in rural southwestern Oregon. According to, this sparrow is one of the least known of our songbirds, particularly on its northern breeding grounds. Miners in the Yukon at the turn of the twentieth century woefully referred to the golden-crowned sparrow as the “no gold here” bird, because its song resembled that depressing phrase.

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