American Gold finch- these guys stay year round in Indiana. Don't mistake them for a sparrow because there yellow feathers fade. They are a joy to watch in the winter as they are pretty tame. I make sure I have plenty of thistle for them in stock.
The smart black-and-white head, pale beak, and crisp gray breast combine for a dashing look – and make it one of the surest sparrow identifications in North America. The White-crowned Sparrow is a large sparrow with a small bill and a long tail.