We’re seeing the usual crowd of Juncos at our ground feeder (and under the thistle feeder) this year.  We always see the Oregons, Gray-headed, and “Pink-sided” variations. But this year it seems we’re seeing a lot of what our books call “intergrades”: not-Oregons with the Oregon brown back patch instead of the bright chestnut, and many with an Oregon-style hood of gray.  At least, that’s what we think we’re looking at.  Anyone else noticing the same thing?

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Where do you live, Skip? We have always had an abundance of the hooded juncos here in the North Valley. We call them the little henchmen.We seem to see all the ones you are mentioning.

East of Tramway, between Lomas and Copper.  We've always had an abundance of Juncos ourselves (from roughly mid-Oct to mid-March), but there seem to be a lot more "not-by-the-book" variations than in past years. We are very fond of the little guys.

I saw a junco a few weeks ago on an overcast Sunday mid day.  I was busy taking pictures of accommodating robins eating berries when I saw a bird that obviously wasn't a robin, but couldn't tell what it was until I downloaded the pictures.  It was gray with a dark head, probably a pink-sided as I've seen them before in about the same area west of downtown.  I wish I could see more of them, but they seem to be quite shy.

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