[Tweeters] Dark-eyed Junco with white wing bars

Wilson Cady gorgebirds at juno.com
Mon Oct 11 21:13:16 PDT 2021

We had Washington's first White-winged Junco at our feeders in Skamania County in April, 2018. They are larger in size than Oregon Juncos and other identification features are a huge pink bill and as mentioned earlier, the amount of white in the tail and black mask. The feather coloration was unlike that of a Slate-colored, with the one we had looking more bluish gray. Wilson Cady
Columbia River Gorge, WA

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From: "Robert O'Brien" <baro at pdx.edu>
To: Philip Dickinson <pdickins at gmail.com>
Cc: Jeannine Carter <jnine28 at gmail.com>, "tweeters at u.washington.edu" <tweeters at u.washington.edu>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Dark-eyed Junco with white wing bars
Date: Mon, 11 Oct 2021 18:33:18 -0700

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

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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 CarterNW Seattle _______________________________________________
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