[Tweeters] Junco Sitting on Eggs

Steve Hampton stevechampton at gmail.com
Thu Apr 22 18:30:40 PDT 2021

I've seen juncos nesting in rock crevices in a backyard retaining wall in
Tacoma. With all the jays and crows (and people feeding them) in suburban
areas, cavity nesters are definitely more secure. Juncos are fast learners
and one of the most rapidly evolving species. In Los Angeles, in the past
decade, they've become pseudo House Sparrows, begging food from tables at
outdoor restaurants. I bet they're nesting in buildings. Fun fact: when
Homo sapiens came to North America only 15-20,000 years ago, there was only
one junco -- Yellow-eyed. The others have evolved since then.

good birding,

On Thu, Apr 22, 2021 at 6:24 PM THOMAS BENEDICT <benedict.t at comcast.net>

> We've got a Dark-Eyed Junco sitting on eggs as of yesterday here in

> Seahurst, WA. The interesting thing about this Junco nest is that it's NOT

> on the ground, but is located about 6 feet off the ground on top of a

> couple of 4x4 posts l under a low eave on the east side of our detached

> garage. The west side of the building was already claimed last week by an

> American Robin. Last year the Juncos nested in high grass on the ground and

> were tragically lost to predators jut before fledging. One of the adults

> survived, so I wonder if the other, or other members of their community

> 'learned' from that experience and chose a somewhat more secure location

> this year. Seems farfetched. The new location is still a target for crows

> and jays though, so we're keeping our fingers crossed that they will be

> successful.


> Tom Benedict

> Seahurst, WA



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Steve Hampton
Port Townsend, WA
*Qatay, S'Klallam territory*
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