Dark-eyed Junco, Oregon Junco at Grant Park in Milwaukee County Wisconsin on December 15, 2016

On a routine bird run along the lakefront in Milwaukee this morning the highlight was the Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon Junco) at Grant Park in Milwaukee County. It was mixed in with about a dozen Common Dark-eyed Juncos. The Oregon is a subspecies of the Dark-eyed Junco who’s normal range is from central Iowa to the west coast. It was cool to see this bird as I have never seen one before. Not considered a countable bird as it is a subspecies. Images were taken on December 15, 2016.

Dark-eyed Junco, Oregon

Dark-eyed Junco, Oregon

Dark-eyed Junco, Oregon

Binomial name: Junco hyemalis

Category: Emberizids

Size: 6.25” long, 9.25” wing span

Weight:  .67 oz

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Dark-eyed Junco, Oregon, on a rock

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Window to Wildlife features the photography of Jim Edlhuber. A lifelong native of Wisconsin, Jim has been photographing wildlife for 20 years. He considers himself an avid photographer and is always trying to capture nature and wildlife through his lens. He is in several photography clubs and has won numerous awards for his work. In recent years, Jim has focused mostly on birding photography and finds it to be the most challenging.

7 Responses to Dark-eyed Junco, Oregon Junco at Grant Park in Milwaukee County Wisconsin on December 15, 2016

  1. Annie says:

    Awesome pics, as usual, and thanks again for sharing your finds…..each and every one.

  2. Kathi and Michael Rock says:

    Interesting Jim and great photos as always. We get so many Juncos here in our Madison yard—I’ll keep an eye out for this one. Thank you for all that you do to educate us!

  3. Gerald Haiar says:

    When I was birding Madison I would occasionally encounter Oregon juncos but many years were a complete bust. When they did show up it was usually a small flock.

  4. Ed Saur says:

    Jim,

    As I prepare to leave for FL at the end of the year, I want to say thank for your excellent contribution to educating all of us on the birds of WI, and the extraordinary rarities that show up here. So very well done again this year.

  5. Tami says:

    Beautiful bird-incredible photos. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  6. Darrell Schiffmanjdschiff@tds.net says:

    Jim:
    Nice pictures. I had and Oregon Junco at my mothers feeders near Oxford Wisconsin last week, always a nice find.

  7. Elaine Swanson says:

    Beautiful color contrast in the feathers – reminds me of the Rufous-sided Towhee. I wonder if that bill tip touched with gray is typical of juncos. Last image seems to suggest the little bird is thoughtfully regarding life from his rock. Thanks, Jim!

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