Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Dark-Eyed Junco

For this week's post I have the Dark-eyed Junco.

I am linking up my  post with Wild Bird Wednesday and Nature Notes

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas, this was our first White Christmas in years. In fact this Christmas Eve snow was the more than the whole 1.8 inches we had during the 2011-2012 season.


One of my winter birds, the Dark-eyed Junco. On a snowy day I seem to have even more Junco's in my yard. The male above is slaty gray overall and lores only slightly darker.


From my Oregon vacation this past summer this shot above is of the Oregon Junco,  you can see a difference between the Oregon Junco and my Dark-eyed Junco above. The Oregon Junco has a jet black hood and a brown back.

Back in my yard I have the male and  female which is more brownish in color.

And to throw in even more confusion above is a Gray-headed Junco I saw during a trip to Bryce Canyon in Utah. Definitely a difference seen on the Gray-headed Junco is their Rufous back.


Other Junco's that can be seen are the Pink-sided Junco and there is a Yellow-eyed Junco. It is interesting there are so many versions of the Junco.

To see more beautiful and wonderful bird photos please visit:
 Stewart's Wild Bird Wednesday and Michelle's  Nature Notes.
Thanks to Stewart for hosting Wild Bird Wednesday and thanks to Michelle for hosting Nature Notes.
I wish everyone a happy week ahead and Happy Birding!

38 comments:

Findlay Wilde said...

I really like your Juncos, we don't get them here. We just had more and more rain on Christmas Day, but we did have a really good day. From Findlay

✿ chica said...

Muito lindo!beijos,chica

Stewart M said...

Nice pictures - I saw some in car park and had to beg for help from a passing local birder to ID them!

I am confident the turkey is safe, half my family is asleep and the day is ending - hope to keep posting and commenting in 2013.

Cheers and thanks for linking to WBW.

Stewart M - Melbourne.

Lynne said...

Juncos are frequent visitors at our feeders and if there is snow in the air . . . many more! I thought of you the other day when I read in the paper about an early January bird counting event on the western shores near Holland, Michigan. For professional birders and the novice too . . . hmmmm . . .

rainfield61 said...

I wonder how these birds celebrate Christmas.

DeniseinVA said...

Lovely series Eileen. I always enjoy the first sighting of our Juncos at the start of the cold weather.

bettyl said...

They are adorable birds and they sit still for you, too! Great shots.

Kerri said...

I LOVE these sweet little birdies :)

Steve Borichevsky said...

Nice! I've never managed to get good photos of Juncos, and here you have so many. : )

Dan Huber said...

Love the shots, great varieties.

Hanne Bente said...

Nice pictures you show.
Wish you a good second Christmas Day :) Hanne Bente

TexWisGirl said...

i love juncos - mostly get the slate colored here - only occasionally the darker shade. love the oregon w/ their tri-color!

Rohrerbot said...

I'm finally back!! Happy Holidays!!! Between New Mexico and Colorado, I think I spotted every DE Junco possible. I don't know how they are all labeled one bird. When I EBIRD, I distinguish the varieties....Oregon, Slate-Colored, Pink-Sided. And within these 3 categories, there are variations! Maybe it's best that they stay one bird....for now:)

Daniel LaFrance said...

We are so fortunate to see the different types of Juncos in one post. I've found them to be moving targets and a challenge to capture.

Belated Christmas greetings!

p.s Left-over turkey on our table tonight. :)

lorrisrealm said...

What lovely captures of the juncos, and interesting tidbits on them, as well.

Enjoy the day.

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Love your Juncos but especially the first photo with the snow.
I got a new bird feeder for Christmas so hope I can attract more then just sparrows.

Happyone said...

They are cute little guys.
Weather is a mess out there today - getting a little bit of everything!!

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

I did not know there were so many varieties of junco! Your pictures are amazing, especially the first one of the junco in the snow. The cold weather doesn't seem to faze him much. Poor thing, I just want to scoop him up and set him by my fireplace. :)

NatureFootstep said...

I did see a Junco in the CR but am nor sure if it is the same.

Debbie said...

my juno population sykrockets in winter!! and when we have snow!!

beautiful images, i hope you had a merry christmas!!

Bob Bushell said...

I love the Juncos, you do them beautifully.

mick said...

Very nice set of photos of all the different Juncos. Season's Greetings to you!

Jo said...

Hi Eileen, Season's greetings to you and your family I love the photos and posts about the different Juncos. I have been offline for several days and am back in Blogland now again. Have a great day. Jo

bailey-road.com said...

Such cute little birds!

EG CameraGirl said...

I love dark-eyed juncos, Eileen. They are such sweet birds. I'm so happy that we have a few visiting our feeders this winter.

Si THAT'S an Oregon junco. Some birder friends said one had found its way to a place I like to photograph birds...but I have never seen it.

Linda Gross said...

I didn't know there were so many varieties of Juncos. Nice pictures of all of them!

Mama Zen said...

Juncos are so pretty!

Carole M. said...

a beautiful bird; I wonder how they were given such a quirky name? Did Mr. Junco find the first one?

Saun said...

Lovely shots, I think I have a Junco in my backyard not sure. I have a pic posted on my blog. Hope you had a Merry Christmas.

Saun

Montanagirl said...

Nice Junco shots! We have in our yard as well.

Nancy Claeys said...

We have the common black and white variety here during winter. :)

Gary said...

Great to see the Dark-eyed Junco`s. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Crafty Green Poet said...

what handsome birds! I love the top photo, the bird looks so patient there, standing in the rain waiting for its photo!

edenhills said...

I didn't realize there were so many different varieties of junco. I've had lots of them in my yard since our blizzard right before Christmas.

DIMI said...

What a cute bird Eileen!!Amazing photos as always!Wishing you a lovely weekend!
Dimi..

Rambling Woods said...

I know have a small flock at the feeders since it is so cold and snowy...Michelle

Mother Robin said...

Hi, Eileen. I just found your blog through Nature Notes. I also live in MD and that white Christmas Eve was indeed a surprise! Didn't know that the snowfall total exceeded Winter 2012 though! Love your little juncos!We've had a nesting pair at our vacation home in PA and though they seem docile, they are quite feisty as parents!
Leslie

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