Post by imperialbirders on Sept 15, 2019 12:48:46 GMT -8
Hi A small flock of Dark eyed Juncos arrived in our back yard this afternoon. The first arrivals after the summer. Earlier arrivals are the Gold and White crowned Sparrows. A few juvenile Blackheaded Grosbeaks are still visiting.
Mike Started 2006 Imperial St. Chwk Now living in East Popkum
It seems they move north-south and/or up-down, depending on location and season, so it would be kind of interesting to see where the juncos are hanging out in our own area.
Our yard ranges from 119 metres (390') to 145m (476') in elevation, and the juncos are around here all year. I'll have to pay more attention, but I seem to see them more out the front, which is the higher part of our yard.
We had ours shortly after Mike. We're in Sardis which would be lower elevation than where Mike is at and also closer to the mountains.
You're right, there's likely two movement patterns. The year-round population that breeds at the higher elevations and then the ones that do migrate from north of us. I saw my first Slate-coloured Junco just the other day and this is likely a migrant.
Gord Fraser Valley Birding Administrator eBird Regional Editor (Fraser Valley)