The Nature of My Backyard

I love wild birds, flowers, herbs, trees, butterflies, bugs and anything else Mother Nature places in my backyard for me to enjoy! I gladly share them with you.

Pictures of Dark-Eyed Juncos

Female Junco
by Grandma Pearl

It's kind of hard to tell a male from a female junco, unless you are up close.  The female has brown on her back, the top of her head and on her wings.  But in flight, or from a distance, these color differences are practically indistinguishable.

Dark-eyed Junco
by Grandma Pearl

Juncos eat bugs and seeds, and that makes them omnivorous; as opposed to granivorous, which means seed eater, and insectivorous, which means--well you can figure that one out!
Male Junco in the dry leaves.
by Grandma Pearl

Here's a male dark-eyed junco doing what juncos do, and that is grabbing a leaf with its talons and then jumping up and backwards to reveal whatever might be on the underside!  It's a great trick--I wonder how they figured that out?

                            Poor little junco sheltering at the feeder against the snow and windstorm!
                                                                         by Grandma Pearl

                                                  Junco eating a snow-covered seed.
                                                                by Grandma Pearl

Juncos enjoy foraging on the ground as well as eating at platform seed feeders.  Sunflower seeds are their favorites.

Learn how to create fun bird habitats in your own backyard:
Grandma Pearl

Read more about these often overlooked birds:
The Juncos I Have Come to Know

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