Watch your surroundings long enough, and something distinctly odd may turn up — in this case a tufted sparrow.
The bird is obviously a chick. It did not seem capable of flight and merely sat on the edge of a road. Two questions: What kind of bird is it? Why does it have antler-like feathery tufts extending from its head?
There have been really occasional sightings of tufted House Finch chicks, and a juvenile Chipping Sparrow, something my chick might be. However, I can find strikingly little information on such birds.
This tufted sparrow has confused me.