[Tweeters] Dark-eyed Junco with white wing bars

Robert O'Brien baro at pdx.edu
Mon Oct 11 18:33:18 PDT 2021

Actually it seems more likely to be The White Winged junco subspecies of
Dark-eyed junco. This was once considered a separate species but now has
been lumped with all the rest of them. It ranges from the Black Hills of
South Dakota down into Eastern Colorado and Wyoming. Males are pretty
non-migratory and this looks like a male. Note the darkness around the eye
I don't believe slate'colored junco shows that. Now this has far more white
than even a white winged junco, which typically shows 2 white wing bars of
varying intensity. Here they seem to be joined together to form a single
wide wing bar. That's not normal.
White-winged juncos are very rare on the West Coast. I know if only one
record for Oregon many many years ago. Don't know if there are any for
Washington state. Bob O'Brien Portland

On Monday, October 11, 2021, Philip Dickinson <pdickins at gmail.com> wrote:

> Looks like a slate-colored junco, and these occasionally have bold white

> wing bars


> Phil Dickinson


> Sent from my iPhone


> On Oct 11, 2021, at 5:37 PM, Jeannine Carter <jnine28 at gmail.com> wrote:



> Hi Tweeters,


> I was sitting at my kitchen table where I watch the birds in our backyard,

> and this junco immediately caught my eye with its white wing bars. I'm in

> NW Seattle, and have a ton of Juncos year-round.


> I'm quite unsure whom I have visiting my yard. Can anyone help me with

> this ID?


> Here is the video I took of it at 5pm this evening, so I apologize for the

> lighting:

> https://youtu.be/9t7t2jWTMhk


> Thanks!

> Jeannine Carter

> NW Seattle

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