Four years ago, Ingrid and I were visiting our son in La Grange, CA . . . a town in cow country. Not long after arriving, I noticed bird on a tree branch in his front yard – it was a lifer, a Golden-crowned Sparrow.
In subsequent trips to the west coast, we saw this sparrow as it winters in California and breeds in along the pacific coast in Alaska and Canada.
A couple days ago a Golden-crowned appeared at a camp in Abbot, Maine, a small town northwest of Bangor.
This morning I made the five hour round trip to Abbot and got the bird three minutes after arriving. Great fun!!!