Category Archives: Juncos

Birds-a-Plenty

First 90+ goldfinches arrived and emptied my tube feeders about every 2 days. Goldfinches usually feed exclusively from the tube feeders, but there were so many birds that the overflow decided to eat seed from my platform feeders instead. I’d … Continue reading

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October Migration Fallout

A strong storm system moved through on Monday night bringing rain and very gusty winds that lasted into Wednesday. The storm must’ve wreaked havoc on fall migrating birds because when I opened the shades on Tuesday morning, there were goldfinches … Continue reading

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A Change of (Bird) Seasons

I still have plenty of “snowbirds” (Dark-eyed Juncos) visiting 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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