It’s time to jump to the letter J and come up with a post to share at ABC Wednesday.
I’m going with one of the most common birds that come to my feeders, the Junco.
This species shows much geographic variation in color. Typically, male of western population (“Oregon Junco”) has black hood, chestnut mantle, white underparts with buff sides. Eastern male (“Slate-colored Junco”) is dark slate-gray on head, upper breast, flanks, and upperparts, with white lower breast and belly. Both forms have pink bill and dark gray tail with white outer tail feathers conspicuous in flight.
Dark-eyed juncos are unique sparrows that nest on or near the ground in forests. In winter, they typically form flocks and often associate with other species.
We have had a nice variety of birds come to our feeders. It seems to be different every year except for these Juncos. They are pretty consistent.
Robins in our area do not bother with the feeders. They are content to poke on the ground and lawns. It’s always funny to watch the blue jays try to land on the feeder. They are a little too big to do it gracefully.
What are the common birds in your back yard?
9 thoughts on “Junco”
Very beautiful! The common birds in my front and back yard are sparrows,great tits, crows, pigeons, blue tits , jays.and black birds.
Wil, ABCW Team
I think I’ve seen them around here!
The junco is cute! I love watching the birds out back of my place here in Austin. In spring I see a lot more birds around: blue jays, cardinals, red-headed woodpeckers, mourning doves, mockingbirds, warblers, and the slightly annoying grackles, This past weekend I walked around Town Lake downtown and saw a couple of blue cranes and an egret. I love springtime in Austin!
What a pretty bird
I have never seen one, pretty little one!!
J is for…
The Junco in a thoughtful mood. 🙂
ohh beautiful captures !!
I love juncos and you photographed them so well. Carver, ABC Wed. Team
What a pretty little bird. House and Hedge Sparrows try to muscle out the other birds by force of numbers by the feeder here but its wonderful to watch the cooperation between them. No contest when the woodpecker arrives though.