Monday, October 7, 2013

Dark Eyed Junco

The Dark Eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) is a common small sparrow found throughout North America. They breed mostly in Canada and winter in the U.S. and as far south as Northern Mexico. In some areas of South West Canada and the Western U.S. they are year round inhabitants.  The Dark Eyed Junco is observed mostly on the ground at the base of trees and in bushes, or under bird feeders. 
 Dark Eyed Juncos are mainly grey and brown with a white underbelly. Some have noticeably darker heads and those are sometimes known as Oregon Juncos.

Photos taken in Abbotsford, B.C. in October 2013.


  1. i recognize the Oregon Junkos when i see them...right now we have waxwings in our holly tree...I will have to review to say whether they are cedar or bohemian...but I can say that they are getting nearly drunk on berries and making a very happy time of it.

    1. Yes, the waxwings are beautiful birds. We have them behind our house occasionally, but never really close enough to get good pictures.. Thanks for leaving the comment. Cheers.