Eight angry juncos

In the mid-elevation sites we visited last week, juncos were reliably everywhere. The challenge was luring them into the nets.

Not so in the low-elevation sites we just visited. We spent most of our time looking for juncos; once we found them, we had them in the nets sometimes within thirty seconds of starting playback. This was the land of the few aggressive juncos.

SALO, the first low-elevation junco we caught

At three sites we found just eight juncos, compared to eighteen at the three mid-elevation sites. This is not an elevational difference I anticipated, which is neat!