Last weekend, a Golden-crowned Sparrow was found under some bird feeders in someone’s yard near my home. This is the first time this species has been seen in Indiana! Luckily, the homeowners realized what an incredible rarity they had and quickly alerted other birders. Although many people were able to go see the bird that evening, I had to wait and made it over the following morning. It’s always very exciting to see such a rare bird.
This species is normally found on the west coast. It spends the winter along the coast and then breeds farther north. Although it might seem very strange to find this species in the Midwest, it does have a tendency to turn up in strange locations. A number of states in the East have records but the Golden-crowned Sparrow had managed to skip over Indiana until now. You can see all eBird reports of this species here.
The homeowners that hosted this bird were so welcoming to all the birders that wanted to visit. This is really one of the things that makes birding so much fun. Birders from all over the state came together to see this special bird. As a thank you to the hosts, many people brought seed or made a small donation as a thank you for their incredible hospitality.
Have you ever hosted a rare bird at your bird feeders?