Dark-eyed Juncos are members of the sparrow family, flitting about forest floors and from branch to branch. They spend their summers in the western mountains of the United States and north of here, in Canada. When the weather turns crisp and the days begin to shorten, dark-eyed Juncos descend upon the lower 48, even migrating as far south as Mexico.
Identified by their round head, long, conspicuous tail and stout, pale bill, dark-eyed Juncos are medium-sized sparrows. Their color patterns vary across the country, but in general, they are dark gray or brown birds brightened up by a pink bill and white outer tail feathers that periodically flash open during flight.
Visit us for a hike or take a walk around your neighborhood and see if you can spot any dark-eyed Juncos flitting through the trees.