Culture Art & Media Photo: Golden-Crowned Sparrow Has the Sweetest Golden Crown By Melissa Breyer Editorial Director Hunter College F.I.T., State University of New York Cornell University Melissa Breyer is Treehugger’s editorial director. She is a sustainability expert and author whose work has been published by the New York Times and National Geographic, among others. our editorial process Melissa Breyer Updated August 13, 2020 Mark Heatherington / Flickr Share Twitter Pinterest Email Culture History Travel Sustainable Fashion Art & Media Holidays Community Our photo of the day comes from Emigrant Lake, Oregon. With a name fit for royalty, the golden-crowned sparrow wears a jaunty marigold chapeau – a flash of color, as if it just couldn't bear to be 100 percent practical. Cornell Lab of Ornithology notes that at one time, gold-rush miners took cold comfort from the bird’s melancholy song, "which seems to reflect the bleak beauty of its surroundings." This particular sparrow was photographed by Mark Heatherington in Jackson County, Oregon. Would you like to see your nature photo featured as the TreeHugger photo of the day? Join TreeHugger’s Reader Photo Pool on Flickr and add your pictures to the group. Alternatively, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org with "photo of the day" in the subject line.