Category Archives: Juncos

A Change of (Bird) Seasons

I still have plenty of “snowbirds” (Dark-eyed Juncos)┬ávisiting my platform feeders and hopping around in the grass in my backyard. But I know it’s spring because the goldfinches have finally molted from their drab olive-gray winter feathers into their spring … Continue reading

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The First Junco

Every year I keep track of the “firsts” in my yard. I’m quirky that way. This time of year I record the date of the first snowflakes that tumble from the sky. In very early spring I’m excited to record … Continue reading

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Slip Slidin’ Away

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Sunning

This week you need a cozy hat and scarf to be comfortable just about anywhere in the United States except Florida. Here in southern Wisconsin we’ve dipped below zero a few times, but it’s the wind that’s been particularly nasty. … Continue reading

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The Waiting Game

I have a good-sized flock of juncos in my yard these days, but the energetic little birds are still battling chipmunks for any seed that falls to the ground under the feeders. Chipmunks hibernate for the winter, but they don’t … Continue reading

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Chillin’

The temperature struggled to get above zero yesterday, and we’re still under a Wind Chill Advisory. The poor birds are really puffing up to stay warm.

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There’s Never Just One

During the blizzard last week, two starlings landed on my feeder. I groaned. Starlings are like gossipy 13-year-old girls. They can’t keep news to themselves. When they find a food source they fly back to the main flock and blab … Continue reading

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Snowflakes Keep Fallin’ on My Head

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Food Fight!

On Wednesday I went for a walk with a winter vest on and no mittens, hat or scarf. The temperature was 53 degrees which is just wacky for Wisconsin in January. Up until that point we had received 4.4 inches … Continue reading

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Nobody Home

It’s pretty easy to count birds for Project Feederwatch this year because there are so few of them. There’s no snow on the ground so the birds are able to rummage for seeds in the open fields and forests, and … Continue reading

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