Saturday, April 26, 2008

More Birds

Mike took the above photo of the junco at the feeder. He, or she, seems quite serious.



The two brave robins below appeared in a tree in the front yard Thursday morning.




12 comments:

Hilary said...

Nice to see you're finally getting your signs of spring. And that junco looks a bit perturbed. :)

Leah J.Utas said...

I'm very happy that spring is showing itself. The junco is kind of scary.

the Bag Lady said...

That junco looks a little defensive! Wouldn't want to mess with him!

Leah J.Utas said...

dfBag Lady - When I saw the look on the junco's face I thought of the Hitchcock movie.

Reb said...

S/He is saying "Are you lookin' at me?"

Great shots.

Leah J.Utas said...

I think you're right, Reb.

Terrie Farley Moran said...

df Leah,

Between your post and Reb's it's easy to see that Spring is nearly upon you.

And for us City kids--what's a Junco. Robins I know, but Junco?

Terrie

Leah J.Utas said...

dfTerrie - Good to see you here. I've missed you.
A junco (Junco hyemalis) is about the size of a chickadee (around six inches) though can be a bit larger. The photos are of a slate-colored junco. It usually feeds on the ground on berries, seeds, and any invertebrate it can get its beak on.
It has some white outer tail feathers and when you see it flying away from you it can look like formal attire.

the Bag Lady said...

The juncos always make me think of nuns. Don't know why (I'm not even Catholic!)

Leah J.Utas said...

Interesting view, dfBag Lady. I guess from the back they do look like The Flying Nun.

Terrie Farley Moran said...

df Leah,

Thanks for the explanation, and now thanks to df Bag lady, I will never see a nun without thinking of a Junco--and I am Catholic so I see nuns a lot. even though most of them don't wear habits any more, I have a feeling the Junco image is going to stay with me.

Sorry I was missing for a while, but I was working on a story. I finally sent it off this morning, so I am free to travel 'round the blogs for a bit, although I have another project waiting in the wings.

Terrie

Leah J.Utas said...

Congratulations on finishing the story and sending it, dfTerrie.

Thanks to dfBag Lady I'll be seeing nuns now, too.