Juncos & other Visitors in Houston, Delaware

by Maria
(Houston, DE)

It has been snowing since last night. Early this morning I saw several Juncos on the ground and the feeder. These birds had very round white bellies, the rest of the feathers looked black, mostly a dark black.

There have been from 10 to about 15 of the birds on the ground, while about 4 or so on the feeder. They look like they're hopping when they walked and pecked on the ground. Sometimes they peck each other to get to a space or maybe they're just playing. For the first hour or so they were the only birds outside. Then two quails came. No problem there. A bright red cardinal joined the crowd and a couple of sparrows. Still all was calm.

Until the Blue Jay came.

Didn't see it when it arrived. Just noticed it when I returned to the window that all the birds were gone from the feeder and ground, except for the Blue Jay. It stayed at the feeder a few minutes and flew off to a tree about 15 feet away. Only one or two Juncos braved it to the feeder and the ground. It seemed that all the birds were waiting to see what the Blue Jay would do. The Blue Jay flew to a much higher tree. The bird perched about 50 feet up. Most of the birds returned. The Blue Jay returned a couple more times since then and is now back at the smaller tree. He flies to the ground at times and just stands there. One time there were only 3 juncos on the ground. I watched the 3 Juncos pause and hop just a couple of slow jumps. The Blue Jay flu away. Later more Juncos returned.

The activity around and on the feeder seems less active now since the Blue Jay first arrived. The wanted birds come and go. Perhaps being more cautious.

I am very new at paying attention to the activities of birds and know very little about them. So I have reported my observations as a novice on a snowy spring morning, 6 days from Easter, in Houston, Delaware.

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