Dark Eyed Junco - Graphite on Paper
Copyright Nicole MacPherson, 2009
Juncos are one of the first birds to arrive in spring, and one of the last to leave in fall. They do spend summer around here, but not in the city (or at least not where I am). Not that I can blame them! It's always a bit surprising to me to see Juncos in the summer, when we leave the city. I just always seem to think of them as spring and fall birds! They are quick to return to feeding after a scare, and quickly adapt to a human presence. The field guides call this "confiding". I love bird-book vernacular...
Juncos have a beautiful vocalization. They don't suffer each other very well however - lots of pecking and chasing around feeders - but they always sound pretty, even when fighting!