Occurrence in Amherst & Connecticut Valley, Mass.

Rather rare and irregular migrant, sometimes seen in May but has not been recorded in the fall

April - May

September - October


Transient, vernally somewhat irregular in numbers, seldom common; autumnally regular and fairly common; also casual in winter. —Bagg & Eliot

April - December


Uncommon migrant in May but numerous from mid-September to early December. —Mass Audubon

May - December

boreal scrub, forest edges, thickets, chaparral, gardens, parks, farms, desert washes
Nest Materials
coarse and fine grasses, twigs, weeds, rootlets, strips of bark, feathers, animal hair
19th-20th Century Field Notes
WHITE - CROWNED SPARROW . Crown , pure white , crossed on either side by a broad , black stripe ; dark ash , paler beneath ; middle of back , streaked . Length , 6 1 - 2 inches . Occasional in May but only as an irregular migrant .

—H.L. Clark, 1887

21st Century Conservation Notes

Widespread and common.*