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The Dark-eyed Juncos are Back!

Every winter we get visitors from the north!

  • Juncos are a type of sparrow often called “snowbirds” for showing up in the Midwest during the winter months.
  • They are one of the most common birds in North America.
  • Their coloration varies quite a bit across the U.S.
  • Juncos in the eastern U.S. are slate-colored (gray) and white birds with a pink bill.
  • They flock together in groups of 15-25 and sometimes with other sparrows and bluebirds.
  • They eat mostly seeds, but during the breeding season they also eat insects.
  • We have seen them hopping around the base of the nature center’s bird feeder looking for seeds.
  • They get 30% more feathers in the winter - it's a very warm "down jacket"!

Want to attract these birds to your yard? They prefer millet, either the red or white type.