The arrival of spring is noted by many as the melting of ice and snow, the arrival of waterfowl and robins, buds popping out on trees, lawns turning green and a number of other biological wonders. Be that as it may, in our back yard, spring is heralded by the northern migration of the Dark-Eyed Junco. Oh I grant you, it usually doesn’t feel much different from winter when these dark little 5 to 6 inch bundles of energy arrive. A real junco seems to prefer a strong wind, some ice and snow on the ground and blasts of snow and sleet particles flying through the air. That’s why I had to feature this handsome little fellow in today’s post. He’s standing on a frosty perch with 30 mph gusts of wind ruffling up and reshuffling his feathers while icy flakes of snow pelt his stout and sturdy frame. Yes my friend, this little fellow is indeed the complete junco. Thus with a shiver and shake I realize, spring is upon us.
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