Monday, May 4, 2020

Dark-eyed (Oregon) Junco

On 26 April 2020, I banded a recently fledged Dark-eyed Junco in our backyard. Last year I banded a similarly plumaged junco on 30 April. Juncos fledging young this early in the year surprises me. The earliest egg date for the state listed by the Burke Museum is 11 April. My records, thus, fall more or less with known early junco nesting. Juncos breeding in Olympia are of the western, Oregon Junco race. These birds are known by their dark hoods and chestnut backs, like the one in the second image taken on 29 April 2020. Note that this second bird is banded.

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