Bird #268 — Rufous-crowned Sparrow

aimophila (from haima, blood-colored, and philos, loving) ruficeps (from rufus, red, and caput, head)

Saturday, March 31, 1984 — 4:35 pm

Saguaro National Monument, Arizona — Rincon Mountain Unit — Javelina Picnic Area

I spotted this Rufous-crowned Sparrow in the same rock-strewn wash/valley where I saw the Black-chinned Sparrow, but this bird was down at the very bottom.  It was perched in a small tree about twenty yards away from me.  It ducked down into the brush, and I couldn’t follow because it was on the other side of a fence.

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