A Golden Opportunity  

It was some time in the late 1980's -- October 17, 1987 now that I've looked it up -- that I was at Jones Beach and word came down of a Golden-crowned Sparrow at Zachs Bay -- then a good birding spot. That was the second record for New York State. Unless there was another that I don't recall, none were found in the state until January 2019 in Delaware County.  I did not go for it, considering the long trip and far from automatic chances of getting good pictures. So I'd have to live with just that long ago tick and no pictures. Well what do you know. Just wait a few months and opportunity gained closer to home at the Brookside County Park in West Sayville, Long Island.