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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Dark-eyed Juncos

The dark-eyed juncos are starting to show up at the local feeders and giving us plenty of entertainment.  Right now there is a great variety of colors with them.





Some of them were almost blue, but probably fall under the slate colored.


And then there was two leucistic colored ones, where the skin does not produce the color pigment to all the feathers and they have splotches of white.


Great way to spend the day - color-coding birds.

13 comments:

eileeninmd said...

Lovely shots of the Juncos. They are pretty birds, I like the colors. Thanks for sharing!

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Good post! Got to love those beauties!

Gary said...

Great to see them. They'll head this way soon. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

TexWisGirl said...

you get much greater variety than we see here in Texas. we get two-tone, only, and most are slate w/ cream.

Carletta said...

It was well worth enlarging these -beautiful shots Bill! They winter here so I get to see them all year.

holdingmoments said...

Lovely shots Bill.
A real rarity when they turn up here.

joo said...

It's a lovely set of photos!

Andrew said...

Great images of a beautiful little bird I don't get to see... many thanks foe sharing..

Springman said...

"Great way to spend the day - color-coding birds." Great line!
Our juncos here in Michigan are black from the wings up, we certainly don't see any of these interesting color variations!
Cheers!

Jeremy said...

Lovely shots, Bill, and very interesting to see the leucistic individual. Here, leucism seems to mainly affect black birds such as Blackbirds and members of the crow family.

Grandma Yellow Hair said...

Bill I so enjoyed these lovely pictures. Wow can you capture the beauty of these pretty birds.
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Monts said...

Just found you here Bill, another great blog.

L. D. said...

It is a wonderful bird but I don't know when they started to hang around my area. I don't remember them being at my feeder or I was to confused to realize they weren't sparrows. Obvious to me now they aren't sparrows but I wonder if I just wasn't paying attention. Great looking blog.