Monday, April 28, 2008
I was privileged to watch a junco family visit my back yard a couple Fridays ago. It was the cutest thing to watch. I first noticed some movement on the ground near my cannas, which were only about 12 inches tall. I was in the midst of watering them, so it was something dark moving on dark colored ground. I was back in the house, looking out my bedroom window when I first noticed something moving among the cannas. While I watched, or should I say "stared" I finally recognized an adult junco attempting to feed another bird. I then realized that it was a little fledgling junco. I then quickly grabbed my camera and slowly and quietly walked outside. I have found that these little birds are not afraid of humans. I can actually get as close as 2-1/2 to 3 feet away from them before they fly off. And if they do fly off, they come back almost right away. I leaned against the house and got down low to watch what was going on, and focused my camera on the action. I kept clicking away and below are the best results I came up with.
These juncos are the Oregon race of the dark-eyed juncos. They have been hanging around my back yard since the fall, and here it is April and they are still around. I do believe these birds don't migrate and stick around all year long. Although, I don't remember seeing them during the summer. Maybe they take off into the foothills around here where it's a little cooler during the summer. And then return in the fall when the temperatures drop.
Here's baby junco by itself (trying to "hide") while mom and dad wander a few feet away eating more seed off the concrete patio. Baby junco was able to find his/her own seed right there on the ground where it is standing. That black vertical "stick" behind the bird is the pole where the feeder is hung from.