Saturday, March 9, 2013

Dark-eyed Junco Variation



I've been having some interesting juncos at the feeders the last couple weeks.  There has been one male Oregon Junco which is an easy bird to identify.  But the bird above is quite a bit more difficult to identify.  In my opinion it is a Cassiar Junco but these birds can look very similar to Slate-colored and Oregon and the classification of the Cassiar is somewhat in question.  The Cassiar Junco is most likely an intergrade between Slate-colored and Oregon Juncos.

Do you have any opinions on this bird?

-Eric

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