Dark-eyed Junco

It was very cold yesterday, and a walk through the trails around Loch Raven Reservoir, Maryland didn’t produce many sightings of animals.

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Eastern bluebirds and a dark-eyed junco – Loch Raven Reservoir, Maryland on February 19, 2015
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Dark-eyed juncos foraging – Loch Raven Reservoir, Maryland on February 19, 2015

While I did learn the location of a number of burrows of rabbits and chipmunks thanks to their footprints in the fresh snow, about the only species I saw moving was this small group of dark-eyed juncos.

They were busily foraging under a pine tree with a few eastern bluebirds, as a very speedy white-breasted nuthatch darted about the tree limbs above.

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White-breasted nuthatch – Loch Raven Reservoir, Maryland on February 19, 2015

In the eastern United States dark-eyed juncos are slate gray in color, but have variations in color elsewhere.

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Dark-eyed junco foraging – Loch Raven Reservoir, Maryland on February 19, 2015

 

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