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Posted 28 October 2012 - 01:11 PM

Finally got pics of one of my wintering backyard birds.... a Dark Eyed Junco. Unfortunatelly, it was raining, so I had to take the pictures through the window.Does anyone know if they only eat off the ground, or do they eat from feeder. If they only eat off the ground, I am thinking of throwing a few seeds on the ground ocassionaly so that it keeps on coming back.

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Posted 28 October 2012 - 03:12 PM

they normally eat off the ground but they can be copycats and i see them trying the platform feeders and the seed feeders with perches i have several pine rounds which are just 3 foot long pieces of tree trunk that had been cut for hauling fire wood. I stand them on end and scatter mixed bird seed on them especially in snowy weather lots of the birds eat from the stumps as i call them that. i can brush the snow off and they don't have to dig thru the snow on the ground.

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Posted 28 October 2012 - 03:47 PM

here is a grey headed junco eating from a pan of mixed just outside the kitchen windPosted Image

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Posted 28 October 2012 - 04:32 PM

this is a pink sided junco eating oatmeal flakes with a pine siskin

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Posted 28 October 2012 - 04:58 PM

Our Juncos most often eat off the ground, but then are willing to try other things. We've seen them get caught in a closed possum trap trying to get the seeds and nuts in there, but figure their way out.

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Posted 29 October 2012 - 12:42 AM

This is the first Junco I've seen, and its a Dark Eyed. I hear they eat cracked corn, is this true?

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Posted 29 October 2012 - 12:47 AM

they do eat cracked corn but they also eat almost any kind of seeds and nuts and grains and i have grass going to seed in the back yard and see them eating the grass seeds off the stems. i see them most often cleaning up on the ground under the feeders most all the juncos are dark eyed and the slate colored are most eastern and the Oregon type mostly west of the Mississippi the grey headed and the pink sided are most common up and down the rockies. the yellow eyed juncos are mostly in old Mexico and southern Arizona. here in southwest Colorado i get mostly Grey headed and Pink sided with some Oregon types. seldom see the slate colored ones here. though i understand there are hybrids between the different types.

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Posted 29 October 2012 - 09:57 PM

My Dark Eyed Juncos eat mainly from the ground but some enjoy my platform feeder and one even likes the berry suet I put out. They also don't mind sharing the platform feeder with other species. Such a great bird.

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Posted 03 November 2012 - 02:05 PM

The juncos in my backyard here in southern PA only eat off the ground. They eat the seed that the finches spill out of my hanging bird feeders!

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Posted 07 November 2012 - 05:42 AM

The juncos are so cute. At my house, they do usually eat on the ground, all the seed that the finches and chickadees toss to the ground, but they sometimes do eat on the feeder. The ground feeders sometimes want to see what the fuss is all about when the finches all are on the feeder. :-)


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Posted 08 November 2012 - 06:26 AM

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Here the Juncos eat off the ground and at the feeder, when I have a songbird mix of seed in the feeder. If its just black oil sunflower seeds they land on the feeder, check it out and end up back on the ground.

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Posted 10 November 2012 - 04:24 AM

Sort of the same problem here. The feeder is dominated by house sparrows while the junco and native sparrows stay on the ground, even though they have no problem perching on cedar that's about the same height. If I throw seed to the ground they'll eat it, but most is mopped by house sparrows.

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Posted 10 November 2012 - 06:17 AM

Sort of the same problem here. The feeder is dominated by house sparrows while the junco and native sparrows stay on the ground, even though they have no problem perching on cedar that's about the same height. If I throw seed to the ground they'll eat it, but most is mopped by house sparrows.


I have very few House Sparrows, but the most of the native sparrows seem to prefer to forage on the ground/ through the shrubs. The exceptions being Chipping Sparrows and American Tree Sparrows.
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Posted 10 November 2012 - 07:45 AM

I envy you, house sparrows here outnumber everything else combined 10 to one. I've only seen one white crowned sparrow frequent the feeder, maybe they actually don't prefer black oil sunflower like most other birds do.

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Posted 10 November 2012 - 03:49 PM

we got our first snow of the season here overnight. we already had some juncos showing up because we have had lots of cold weather recently this morning there are a dozen or so mixed types of juncos in the backyard mostly on the ground but a few checking out the feeders and the platform. no sun this morning and dreary outside so have not tried to get any pictures yet.

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Posted 11 November 2012 - 11:05 PM

This morning in Washington pretty cold out and when I looked there were at least 12 juncos on the ground and 3 on the feeder, and a red breasted nuthatch lunging at them honking trying to bully them away! Had mixed seed in the feeder that I added an extra handful of sunflower seed to.

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 08:57 PM

The Juncos in my backyard will eat off the ground or the feeders. The Tree Sparrows do, too.

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Posted 13 December 2012 - 06:22 PM

we had them on our suet cage yesterday for the first time. They looked pretty awkward hanging on the cage though. For the most part they were picking up the scraps off the ground and on the handrailing around the deck

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Posted 30 December 2012 - 07:04 PM

I seem to have several different color varieties - and they mostly eat on the ground, though they are happy up on the old picnic table too.

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 12:18 AM

Here in W. Michigan, they'll do both, normally they eat on the ground, but every now and again you'll see them get up on the feeder




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