[Tweeters] Wandering Junco

David Dilworth daviddilworth at yahoo.com
Sat Jun 28 16:16:06 PDT 2008

I seem to be hearing that your Dark-eyed Juncos leave for the summer. At least that's what I think I'm reading. This message caught my attention because I have DEJs all the time. They nest in the woods behind my house, and are at my bird feeders all year long. I've only been birding since 2006, but a day without Juncos is something I've yet to experience. I live on Vaughn Bay just off Case Inlet across from Allyn, Washington.

David Dilworth (AKA Bird Nerd)
Vaughn, Washington USA
daviddilworth at yahoo.com
Creating Bird Nerds Through Education

Message: 11
Date: Fri, 27 Jun 2008 22:58:03 -0700
From: "Josh Hayes" <josh at blarg.net>
Subject: [Tweeters] wandering, and singing, juncos
To: <tweeters at u.washington.edu>
Cc: dennispaulson at comcast.net
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> From: Dennis Paulson <dennispaulson at comcast.net>

> Subject: [Tweeters] wandering junco


> A male Dark-eyed Junco was just at our feeder for a few minutes. Here

> it is June 26, and I have never seen a junco here in the summer in 17

> years. My latest-ever spring date is May 5, earliest-ever fall date

> September 3. They breed here and there in Seattle, but not in my

> neighborhood.


> Would birds be so interesting if they didn't fly?

Dennis and tweets,

I may have already mentioned this on tweeters (I know I did over on
rec.birds), but this year for the first time I've heard juncos singing
nearly every day since they arrived in numbers back in Spring -- and last
week we started seeing little baby juncos hopping around.

They had my son flummoxed at first, since he thought they were ACTING like
juncos, but didn't LOOK like juncos, until we looked in our Peterson's and
saw the pic of the juvenile juncos.

So, they're breeding here, just across the interstate from you, Dennis (I
live near North Seattle Community College), for the first time since I've
lived here (fourteen years).

I wonder why? Nasty cold wet early summer in the mountains forcing them down

-Josh Hayes, josh at blarg.net

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