“Oregon” Junco Visits Minnesota

by Roger Everhart on March 13, 2011

I love when birding is as easy as looking out the window from my rocking chair (boy does that make me sound old). It’s doubly fun when something unusual shows up like it did this morning.


This “Oregon” race individual of the Dark-eyed Junco has been visiting my feeders off and on most of the winter. I’ve been trying to get a good photo of it but hadn’t any luck until this morning. Interestingly, my backyard hasn’t been very busy all winter. With all the snow cover we have I thought I’d have more of a concentration of birds taking advantage of the free meals.

I have heard the Juncos starting to sing as they chase each other around the pine trees in my yard. The American Goldfinches are starting to show some yellow molting in and the Great Horned Owl nest I’ve been watching has young as of this week. On the other hand, all the reports I’ve been hearing from just south of us makes me expect to see some Red-winged Blackbirds, Grackles and maybe even a Killdeer any day now. I’m surprised they’re not here yet.
A warm front is predicted for the middle of the week so it may be time to put on the boots and slosh through some trails and see what’s around.

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