The local juncos, mutant and otherwise

After mentioning my local mutant junco here several times, I figured I owed you a photo, so I went stalking him today. In searching for him I also found lots of normal-looking juncos. I did eventually find my white-splashed bird, so read on to see this unusual junco – after first admiring the regular juncos, because every junco is awesome.

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The juncos have been singing on campus since the end of January.

The juncos have been singing on campus since the end of January.

Mmm, buds.

Mmm, buds.

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I am not sure what this female was doing...

I am not sure what this female was doing…

...but she then sat in the grass and watched me suspiciously.

…but she then sat in the grass and watched me suspiciously.

Her mate also sat in the grass.

Her mate also sat in the grass.

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Preening time.

Preening time…

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Itchy.

Itchy.

Streeeetch.

Gotta clean that belly.

cj_branchcj_alertAnd here’s the white-patched guy. He sang here last year too. I’ve been watching for other white-patched juncos, hoping that he might have passed his funny looks on to his chicks, but so far I’ve never seen any.

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7 thoughts on “The local juncos, mutant and otherwise

  1. Some of them seem to need their toenails cut–or do they need extra nails for holding on to larger branches? Do you often find a single bird with odd coloring, or is it very rare? (Maybe it’s rare for someone to be watching that closely!)

    • Thanks for the recommendation, that was awesome! I’ve been following the birds of paradise project but hadn’t seen this before – fascinating to see how they arrange the graphics. Nat Geo always is beautiful.

  2. Pingback: Fun with museum collections (and white-spotted juncos) | Tough Little Birds

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