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July 22, 2010

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The Zen Birdfeeder

Thanks much Eileen.

Eileen

How cool, I've never seen juvie Junco. They are cute. Great photos and post.

The Zen Birdfeeder

Slugyard - hope this helps you next time around!
Mick - thanks much.
Halycon - juncos are great little birds to have in the yard!
Larry - I'm not sure at what age they show up, but I've added a photo showing one of the white outer tail feathers coming in on a young bird.

Larry Jordan

Great advice for identifying fledgling birds in the yard Nancy. Excellent photos of the Dark-eyed Junco chicks too! We only have them in the winter so I have never seen a junco fledgling. They surely look like sparrows. At what point do they get the white border on the tail feathers?

Halcyon

I like juncos. We get some around here every once in awhile. This young one is cute!

Mick

Great photos and a very interesting description of the differences and similarities between the adults and juveniles.

Slugyard

Great info- very interesting! I often wonder when I spot "sparrows" that look just a bit off whether they are the young of a different bird. I'll pay more attention next time.

The Zen Birdfeeder

IDBirder - it is interesting! We have juncos year-round. Our summer residents head lower during the winter, replaced by winter juncos from higher elevations north of us!

Idaho_Birder

Interesting! I live at 3200' in Idaho and the DE Juncos head for the cooler mountains about 45 minutes north of Boise in the summer.

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