Saturday, January 25, 2014

Junco

Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)

One of my favourite visitors! Truly they are sweet birds to have visit feeders, especially since they clean up after so many of their avian relatives - eating the seeds rejected by their cousins.

Dark-eyed juncos live in southern Ontario year-round, but I see them mostly in winter hopping about underneath feeders or flying up to a feeder perch to join various other sparrows - yes, they are sparrows.

Swallowing a mouthful

During the breeding season, they live in coniferous or  mixed coniferous woods.  I think a few are spending the winter in several of our spruce trees.


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42 comments:

Carole M. said...

it is indeed endearing somehow

cieldequimper said...

What a sweetie!

Revrunner said...

Of course! Part of their "sprucing" up the place. :-)

Beth @ E. Lizard Breath Speaks said...

not sure why - but i have always called them my "little Eskimos" ... they are too cute. i love them!! ( :

Kate said...

This little creature looks well fed or warm if fluffing out its feathers. I didn't realize how neat and tidy they are. . .very welcome guests!

Cheryl @ TFD said...

Oh, I love the cute little snowbirds! But they really keep me busy filling the feeders with their healthy appetites!

William Kendall said...

This little one looks quite distinctive.

eileeninmd said...

The Juncos are sweet birds, wonderful captures. Have a happy weekend!

PS, Thank you for linking up with Saturday's Critters.

A wondering star said...

A lovely little bird.
Dark-eyed Junco, has been observed in Norway too!

Terri Buster said...

Sweet little birds

Ela said...

What a beauty !

Ramakrishnan Ramanathan said...

Amazing ash colored juncos look adorable in the snowy background !

Minoru Saito said...

Hi! Thesejuncos are very cute. Thanks for sharing. Wishing you a wonderful weekend.
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Birdman said...

They are coo, fat winter visitors to my feeders

Karen S. said...

I believe I can hear his song! Pretty captures!

TexWisGirl said...

love 'em. just love 'em. :)

Sandra said...

sweet little round cuties....

Linda Gross said...

Sweet pictures of the Junco. I look forward to seeing the Junco here in NW Pennsylvania in the Wintertime as well. We aren't seeing many birds at our back yard feeder this year though :-(

Cathy H. said...

Such a cute bird to have around during bleak winter months! Great captures!

Judy said...

It looks like he posed just for you! Nice shots!

Linda W. said...

What a cute little bird! Love your second shot where you got him with his mouth open.

John @ Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

I never considered the benefit they provide but you're right, they do clean up after others. Little busboys they are.

DIMI said...

What a cute little bird!!Wonderful pictures!!!Great captures!Thank you for visiting!Hope to see you again!Wish you a happy weekend!
Dimi...

Karen said...

Great shots EG! I love these little birds and have lots at my feeders.

Gunilla Bäck said...

Cute little birds.

Stephanie said...

Sweet little birds.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I loved juncos when we lived in Oregon. Don't see them here. Adorable portraits .

Gail Dixon said...

I was so excited to see the juncos yesterday in the sleet. Several were on the ground but I couldn't get any decent shots due to poor light. These are really fantastic captures!

RedPat said...

I really like them too, but didn't know they were sparrows, EG!

Rajesh said...

Great shots of the bird.

Christian Weiß said...

Cute birds.

Carver said...

Great shots of the juncos. I see them mainly in the winter when I put out seeds during extra cold spells.

Sue said...

That's one I've never heard of! Cute little guy.

=)

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

I too like the Dark-eyed Juncos. I see a few around in winter but their numbers increase in early spring.

Rose said...

They are just so cute!

Anni said...

Pretty bird, excellent captures. The sunlight enhances their character. Love the shot you managed to get with the seed in the mouth like that.

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Now, the birds need us very much, because of the snow. I like the sparrows. Beautiful pictures. Thanks for sharing and Sunday greetings, Wieczora (◔‿◔) | my photoblog

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edenhills said...

Did not know they were a type of sparrow. Very interesting. I do enjoy watching them hop all over the ground after those reject seeds.

NatureFootstep said...

Lovely images. I recall seeing one in CostaRica. :)

Anne (cornucopia) said...

Great photos of this bird!

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