This fellow appeared in our back yard three days ago, and has pretty much taken over. He sits on the patio, watching for any other passerine who might dare come near the empty sunflower seed husks that are scattered beneath where the feeder used to be.
He has so far attacked, and chased away perhaps for good, the last of the juncos. He has also assaulted his congener, Mr. White-Crowned Sparrow, and, somewhat annoying, confronted a Hermit Thrush (first of '08) just as I was about to photograph it.
He was named José by the kids. They asked me where he came from. I said, "I dunno, Mexico maybe?" And so he became José.
Every so often someone looks out the window to report what José is up to. Usually he's sitting and staring at the shrubbery, guarding his sunflower seed husks. Sometimes he stares back at us, which is amusing. Click on the picture and try not to giggle.
Today he has taken to lurking in the perennials. For a while he sat in a mound of Coreopsis with just his head visible. Then he switched to a peony.
We are wondering what holds him here. I don't know of Golden-crowned Sparrows breeding nearby; their breeding range is mostly much farther north in the province and in Alaska, so he's not likely to find a mate in our yard. He flew all the way from Mexico (or wherever) for this?
Will he soon be on his way? Stay tuned.