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  1. I was in the (Portland, OR) Tualatin Hills Rec District Cooper Mountain Nature Park this morning, in the wooded part of the service road that leads out toward SW Stonecreek Dr. I saw a pair of juncos feeding ahead of me in the grass and the wheel ruts. But one of them was a mess! Bad molt or something? But molting from what? It was more brown than most, without the clean, clearcut areas on the head, nape, and back. When I returned, it was perched with its companion junco on a twig in the forest to the side of the path. The sides of its breast showed faint streaks. It looked like a cross between a junco and a sparrow. No camera with me, just binocs.
  2. What Junco Subspecies?

    Without giving the location, what subspecies would you call this particular Dark-eyed Junco? On 3/28/2017.
  3. The bird was seen in my yard in Mansfield Washington today (5/19/2017). Are the flanks blue enough for it to be a Cassiar Junco? I don't think it has enough brown on the flanks to be a pure Oregon, what do you guys think? For those who don't know of the Cassiar Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis cismontanus), they're basically believed to be an intergrade population (like Red and Slate-colored Fox Sparrows which are aka "altivagans" Fox Sparrow) between Slate-colored and Oregon Juncos and for most of the time look like Oregon races but have grayish blue flanks. Some individuals will have a dark gray back making them look more like Slate-colored races. They breed in certain parts of the Canadian Rockies and winter wherever Slate-coloreds do but are always more regular in the west. It's unusual for them to be here at this time in the state but I've been seeing way more rarities then I should be in my backyard recently.
  4. I saw this junco in my yard this morning, and I know it should be a Slate-colored by location, but it looks a bit odd to me. Can someone help me rule out other subspecies like Oregon? My best guess would be a 1st yr female SC, but I'm not sure. Today in CT. Thanks!
  5. Junco ssp help

    Saw this bird briefly in Hamilton, Ontario today. It clearly is not the normal sub-species we see here. Can someone provide guidance (likely a westerner, or someone simply smarter than I) as to which sub-species it is ? Oregon perhaps ? Thanks in advance.
  6. Dark-eyed Junco

    I have a total of 6 feeders.. 2 have mixed seed, 2 are hanging woodpecker suet feeders, the kind that take the suet rolls, 1 long one with Niger seed and a large one with black oil sunflower seeds. I don't get a lot of different birds.. I get a lot of Black Capped Chickadee's a few different kinds of sparrows hairy woodpecker, a lot of blue jays all year. but in the past few weeks I have noticed a ton of Dark-eyed Junco.. by the hundreds and they eat out of all 6 feeders.. they are fun to watch. Question is.. Are they just passing through cause of the time of year? I have never noticed so many.
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