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A Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)

7 responses

  1. Graham

    Hi Robin. By strange coincidence I went to a lecture at Auckland Zoo last night relating to fiery females and the junco was one of the birds discussed…the research presented showed that successfully nesting females (raising adult chicks) were also the most aggressive. Thank goodness humans don’t have that trait…🙂

    2018/04/19 at 6:23 pm

    • Graham, thank you! Do you get Juncos in NZ? They are winter birds for us. Will soon be leaving for the north and we won’t see them again until next winter!

      2018/04/22 at 11:51 pm

      • Graham

        Hi Robin. No juncos in NZ. The lecture was an American study as it happened. Plenty of ground nesting birds here though, that’s for sure! Pity evolution can’t get them away from the mammals…I heard someone say recently that they wish they could put some NZ native chicks in with a European blackbird (which were brought over here and do very nicely) for training purposes so it knew how to respond to threats. Such is life…

        2018/04/23 at 5:35 am

      • Graham, Sorry no Juncos there! But you have some wonderful birds. Our respective ecologies would have done much better without man introducing things from other places! I always thought it would be wonderful to go back and see what it was like before we screwed things up! Cheers!

        2018/04/24 at 12:10 am

      • Graham

        Amen to all of that…😄

        2018/04/24 at 1:03 am

  2. rhiebert

    Now that is a truly handsome bird. Such distinctive colors.

    2018/04/20 at 2:49 am

    • Ruth, thank you! I like the way it looked against the stump and rocks!

      2018/04/22 at 11:50 pm

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