Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Junco party.

Ok, I don't know what I was complaining about last week- it seems all my yard birds are back and better than ever... The first thing I noticed this morning was a junco that didn't look quite right.  It looks very similar to a Cassiar Dark-eyed Junco but I'm not sure.


My windows are double-pained and warped in spots so most of my window photos come out blurry.  Boo.  But you get the idea.


Then there was another junco with a dark ring around his neck.. I thought it might be juvenile Oregon junco starting to get his dark hood?



And yet another junco- this one stood out because it seemed so pale compared to the rest- maybe a female Oregon or Slate-colored?



And then there were plenty of regular Oregon Dark-eyed Juncos...


Also in my yard today:  Bushtits, Black-capped Chickadees, one scrub-jay, two Northern Flickers (including the hybrid), Anna's Hummingbird, House Sparrows, robins, all three pairs of Brewer's Blackbirds, starlings, and lots of gulls overhead.  Not too shabby.... Hoping the White-crowned Sparrow will return!

3 comments:

  1. Great series of photos!! We only have the Dark-Eyed so I don't know what is going on. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  2. Juncos are such great birds they quietly go about their business and show off that beautiful coloration...
    Looks like Slate colored in some of those shots--

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  3. Love the Juncos. Here in NY, we have the "slate" variety. Every year, one nests in my hanging baskets on my front porch.

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