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It’s Dark-eyed Junco Time

After we did some work at the beehives I took a few moments to get some photos at the bird feeders.  I scattered a little bit of millet since I’ve seen juncos flitting around on the Twin Cities bike trails and along the country roads near Mr. Neil’s.  Sure enough, a junco hopped on the stump with the millet…as did a hairy woodpecker.  The suet feeders were full and I even put some old mixed nuts out and still this woodpecker went to explore the millet pile.  There were some black oil sunflowers mixed in with this, so I’m sure that’s what the hairy was after.  It was fun to watch the two species interact.  The hairy doesn’t appear to care about the junco.  The junco doesn’t mind the hairy, but does keep a close watch on the larger bird and seems to make sure that the woodpecker does not violate his personal space.

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I love the nuthatch that sneaks in at the end.

7 comments to It’s Dark-eyed Junco Time

  • Rob Biller

    Do you get Harris’s Sparrow wintering with you or are they just a bit south for their wintering range? I saw one this spring at the base of a feedre when I was in Duluth (late May) and I figured it was a late hold out. I’m now starting to think that we caught a migrant sneaking a bit of breakfast before moving on northwards.

    Work won’t let me do anything with youtube (not even a preview pic) so I will check back later to see the pic at Neil’s feeder. I’m sure it’s a good one though!


  • Suzanne

    Our Oregon Juncos haven’t arrived yet. I keep hopefully checking my yard everyday when I get home from work but no sign. They are one of my favorite visitors to our yard. Always the most bold and entertaining of our winter birds. I’ve noticed some of our finches and red-winged blackbirds are hanging around longer than usual this year. The hot weather hung on for a while longer this year, but seeing as the lows are supposed to be in the teens this weekend, I’m thinking our stragglers will move on soon.

  • Charming clip. I get a lot of juncos here in southern Ontario in the winter. They coexist quite nicely with nuthatches, chickadees, cardinals, jays and downy woodpeckers, among others. They’re an unprepossessing bird but I like them. :)

  • Juncos! There haven’t been any at our feeder in the Lake Harriet area yet. They were here by this time last year, maybe the rain scared them off. I went out early this week and put out the suet feeder, cleaned/refilled the tray feeder, and have been diligently refilling it for the hungry chickadees, mourning doves, and sparrows but no juncos yet. There is a prize of great birding smugness for whomever in my household sees the first one at the feeder each year. I hope it will be soon! That video made me miss the little guys!

  • Neat video! Can’t wait until the juncos return to our area (VA).
    Have a good weekend

  • Neat video! Can’t wait until the juncos return to our area (VA).
    Have a great weekend

  • rob, I only see Harris’s sparrows during migration. Some spring and falls more than others.

    kitanne, I’ve seen juncos along the Cedar Lake bike trail for the last two weeks, you should be seeing them soon.