Sunday, October 02, 2005

New Fall Arrival - Dark-eyed Junco



Our first DARK-EYED JUNCO of the fall/winter season paid a visit to our feeders this morning. Even though Wisconsin winters have been milder the past several years, they remain a test of psychological endurance to me. The sprightly juncos and their lasergun-sound calls make winter's passing just a little more bearable - we provide the birdseed and they provide the entertainment.

The breakfast crew also included a WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH, BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES, NORTHERN CARDINAL, BLUE JAY, CHIPPING SPARROW, MOURNING DOVE, HOUSE FINCHES and AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES. Two YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS were foraging for insects around our maple tree.

Addendum:

While reading at the patio, I observed these additional species this afternoon:

Purple finch
Golden-crowned Kinglet
White-throated Sparrow
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker
American Robin
Common Grackle
Tree Swallow
Chimney Swift


Dark-eyed Junco image © 2005 Michael Allen McDowell

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