I think these Dark-eyed Juncos are stunning. Seriously formal in their colours, and so beautifully distinctly different when seen from above or below. Gray on white on gray on white on gray on white... Beats the mottled colours of the regular sparrows (about the same size, and my most common feeder guest) any time. I think... Right now, at least, looking at their photos, I think that... But then again, I really like House Sparrows...
In any case, judge for yourself — aren't they lovely?
|Dark-Eyed Junco waiting for seeds. © SB|
|Dark-Eyed Junco at the suet feeder. © SB|
AAB says Juncos are sparrows, distinguished by their colouring especially the flash of white tail feathers in flight. They breed in deciduous or mixed forests, and winter in fields, parks, roadsides, and backyards across the country. They are a very common bird at feeders; if you're interested in their songs, there are audio files at the Cornell site.
What are these? Dark-Eyed Slate Coloured Juncos.
Location: My backyard bird feeder, Regina,Saskatchewan.
Photo dates: December 30, 2011