Tag: Dark-eyed junco

Persephone months

Eliot Coleman calls the period of time when days are less than 10 hours long from sunrise to sunset the Persephone months. In his Maine winter garden, this is when vegetables under cover will be available for harvest, although they do not grow. The…

Bird news: dark-eyed juncos, American robins, and common grackles

The dark-eyed juncos (Junco hyemalis) are back. The first juncos of the winter came to the feeders on December 12 as a light snow moved south from upstate New York. It’s good to see those roly-poly sparrows with the stick legs once again. Juncos come…

Short winter for the dark-eyed juncos

Short winter for the dark-eyed juncos (Junco hyemalis). The crocuses in the photo above are lovely and harbingers of spring for sure. Today is March 11. Yesterday the temp was a record 82°. Yikes. The problem is what’s not in the photo. No dark-eyed juncos….

Dark-eyed juncos are back at last

Dark-eyed juncos (Junco hyemalis) are back at last. The first photo of a junco this winter was taken January 13. They may have been back a few days previous. But they were late this year, that’s for sure, probably because of all the warm December…

Dark-eyed juncos have gone north for the summer

Dark-eyed junco (Junco hyemalis). Although I wanted to take photos of the dark-eyed juncos each day until the day they were gone, I didn’t. I fear that the birds are being neglected now that I’m so busy with the vegetable garden and weeding. Maybe…

March changes

Look at this. The first week of March. We just had 6″ of snow on top of a foot of ice pack. The temp has been at zero most mornings. We had the third coldest February on record for this area. It seems that…

Dark-eyed juncos in March, an update

Dark-eyed junco (Junco hyemalis). March 18. Since I last posted about dark-eyed juncos, they disappeared from the feeders and from under the holly shrub. The temps were near zero, but are now moderating although today is cold with a chilly, blustery wind. The juncos…

Dark-eyed juncos in March

Dark-eyed junco (Junco hyemalis). It seems like I’ve been ignoring the birds at the feeders, but the truth is the birds haven’t been coming to the feeders on these really cold, snowy days. No cardinals. No chickadees. No woodpeckers. Nothing but the dark-eyed juncos and…

Dark-eyed junco

Dark-eyed junco (Junco hyemalis). Have you ever seen any bird so cute? This junco looks like a cartoon figure where you draw a circle and then put on stick feet and a bulge for a head—with a beak. Then there’s the white bottom of…