When is this species usually found on the West Coast?
Golden-crowned Sparrows can be seen in weedy or shrubby lowlands along the Pacific coast in the winter time. Between late fall and early spring, these large, long-tailed sparrows with small heads and short seed-eating bills can be spotted hopping around on the ground, scratching trough leaf litters, and perching to eat seeds.
Don’t wait until summer to look for these attractive sparrows… they will be long gone! To see this bird during the summer, a trip to the wilds of Alaska and far western Canada is what you’ll need to take. Golden-crowned Sparrows nest in the far north in the low, shrubby areas of tundra or in the edges of boreal forests.
A group of Golden-crowned Sparrows is collectively called a “reign” of sparrows .
Natural History reference for this post:
All About Birds: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Golden-crowned_Sparrow/id