by Richard
(Scarborough, Ontario)

Dark-eyed Junco, I hope

Dark-eyed Junco, I hope

I now know what this little bird is. There were only a few of them for a couple of days hiding in the cedars. Very hard to get a picture of them. I used my Canon 300D with telephoto 300mm from my sunroom door. They would leave as soon as I stepped outside. Haven't seen them since I took the pictures back in April. But at least I can say that I saw a Dark-eyed Junco. Or so I hope. Here's a picture.


Juncos are sometimes called Slate-colored Snow-birds. Juncos, are extremely social birds - except when nesting. They are quiet, unassuming visitors, modest in manner and in dress. Notice how abruptly the slate gray color of the junco's mantle ends in a straight line across his white breast, and how, when he flies away, the white feathers on either side of his tail serve as signals to his friends to follow. Likely they have continued on their journey north. Hopefully they will return to your yard for the winter, Richard. Nice photo.
Happy Birding,

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Dec 11, 2012
Great bird pictures!!
by: Bob Hilscher

Great pictures, Richard!!

I to live in Scarborough, and have been seeing quite a few different birds over the past few weeks.

Last Friday my wife, Jean and I, had a Coopers Hawk spend sometime in our backyard. The Hawk soon made quick business of an unlucky bird that was at one of our bird feeders. We have posted the pics and video at if your interested at:

A couple of other remarkable birds we have seen in the past six weeks are:

A Northern Saw Whet Owl, in Toronto's Milliken Park:

A Barred Owl, in Rouge National Park:

A Red Tailed Hawk, on the north shore of Milne Dam Conservation Park, Markham:

I must note that on the day we saw the Red Tailed Hawk in Milne Dam Conservation Park, we also witnessed, and videotaped a man releasing domestic ducks into that wildlife reserve. We reported that release to the City of Markham, and as you might have read in the Toronto Star, actions are being taken to capture, and move those domestic ducks elsewhere.

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