[Tweeters] Junco Sitting on Eggs

Robert O'Brien baro at pdx.edu
Thu Apr 22 22:04:59 PDT 2021

Very glad to hear that juncos are evolving in their nesting habits. They
nest annually here at my place Southeast of Portland but the only nest I've
ever found was visible in the grass outside my back window. One morning I
looked out and to my surprise saw a weasel loping through the grass towards
the nest. You can guess the outcome. One of only two times I've ever seen a
weasel here although I'm sure they're always about. Bob O'Brien Portland

On Thursday, April 22, 2021, THOMAS BENEDICT <benedict.t at comcast.net> wrote:

> 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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