Juncos in my yard when it snows

by Marylou
(Brick, New Jersey)

I had always wondered why I only see these cute birds when there in snow on the ground. I finally found out. They generally nest on the ground and feed in weeds and on insects near the ground. I feed birds year 'round and really enjoy seeing these adorable little 'snow-birds' every time it snows. I would like to find out how to attract them at other times. What would I have to put out for them? Got answers? Marylou



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Hi Mary Lou
Not sure it's possible to attract them at other times of the year. They nest in Canada and Alaska.
Susan

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Feb 16, 2011
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Ohio is their winter place
by: Anonymous

Hi,
I have these Dark eyed Juncos every winter. They arrive with the first snow. I always know when its winter because they always arrive on the first snow day. For years I thought they were called Snow juncos.

Some of humans migrate to Florida and the deep south in the winter, Snow Birds. I think the upper northern US states are their Florida and the deep south. These birds are the only ones that I have seen that actually dig through the snow after the seed.They seem to love the snow.

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Jan 27, 2011
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replying to Susan's response to me.
by: Marylou

I don't understand. If they nest in Canada, why do I see them in New Jersey only when it snows? I have many species of birds in my yard, and never see any juncos except in the snow.


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Nesting is where they raise their babies. For the most part that's northern Canada although another reader in the Pacific Northwest has them all year round.) After the babies are raised they migrate south - in your case to New Jersey. Birds return each year in the spring to where they raise their young.

Jan 27, 2011
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Junco's
by: GardenGal

We have then year round in the Pacific Northwest... They are at my feeders of black sunflower seed daily and they LOVE peanut-butter with sesame seeds :-) I do love seeing them!

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