Tuesday, October 23, 2012


They're everywhere in southern Wisconsin. Here is a sampling of the Dark-eyed Junco portraits I captured just before discovering the Le Conte's Sparrows at Pheasant Branch Conservancy on Sunday. There were around a dozen of the diminutive "snowbirds" devouring seeds a mere 25 feet in front of me. They were unperturbed by my presence and made excellent photographic subjects.

All images © 2012 Mike McDowell


  1. Beautiful.
    Mind asking how far you was from subject when you took these pictures?