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Old Thursday 20th February 2003, 22:29   #1
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Unhappy Are my juncos gone?

After I came home from my bird walk around noon, I spent the rest of the afternoon watching my feeders. Not much activity out there today, and it took a while to realize what was different. There was not a single dark-eyed junco the whole day on the ground under the feeders. I guess they may have migrated--I had noticed over the last few days that there have been fewer than usual.

I know this is inevitable, but the juncos are one of my favorites, and it's still kind of sad when they leave for the summer.
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Old Thursday 20th February 2003, 22:50   #2
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Hey, maybe they're headed up this way! I can hope.....
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Old Thursday 20th February 2003, 22:54   #3
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When they get there would you send them back? I'll pay for postage...
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Old Friday 21st February 2003, 20:10   #4
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Looked out today, and at least some of the juncos are here today, so I guess I'll have them around a little longer.
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Old Friday 21st February 2003, 20:29   #5
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Postage or not, once they're here, I'm keepin' 'em! I've missed them all winter!
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Old Friday 21st February 2003, 22:58   #6
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My home is in the Blue Ridge Mtns of North Carolina. The Juncos stay around here all year.
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Old Friday 21st February 2003, 23:01   #7
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Lots of people... me included! will be extremely jealous of that, Niteowl!
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Old Saturday 22nd February 2003, 00:31   #8
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Mine are still here. They stay with the Chipping Sparrows that have been around all winter. My Red-bellied woodpeckers are back - hopefully in about another month the Hummingbirds will return. Been quite a good year back yard birding.
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Old Saturday 22nd February 2003, 19:34   #9
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Niteowl, I am definitely jealous, just imagining having juncos year-round! I may just have to move from Charlotte up to the mountains sometime soon.
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Old Sunday 23rd February 2003, 02:18   #10
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The juncos are still here in PA. Last Sunday we had a gigantic snow (31 inches) so I am sure the juncos are enjoying the snow and cold. When they leave, I can think about golf, fishing, etc. I do enjoy them but I enjoy summer a little bit more.
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Old Sunday 23rd February 2003, 02:29   #11
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For me, they MEAN summer so I can't wait to get them here! This winter is really starting to drag by.
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Old Sunday 23rd February 2003, 12:16   #12
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Columbidae, the winters in the Blue Ridge can be unplesant. This winter in particular has had much snow, ice and high winds. I bailed out for the coast in early December and haven't made it back. April & early May are best for birding when the migrants come through and there is no foilage on the trees
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