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Dark-eyed Junco  - Junco hyemalis

Dark-eyed Junco - Junco hyemalis

Although there are many different subspecies with considerable variety in coloring, the one I spot near Montreal comes very close to the original description as a grey bird with white belly. A sparrow appearing in small flocks picking up food from the ground.

Common Names

How to Identify

Males have a dark grey head, grey body and white belly. The greyish color, the fact that the species appears usually in a flock and that it has the preference to feed on the ground, below the feeding station, provides me a strong hint. Further, being lucky to watch the bird close, the dark, almost black eyes confirms the identification.

Where & When to Spot

I watched them on several occasions in Park Mont Royal during late autumn before and after first snowfall. The observation done in Summer was in Newfoundland near the airport.

Curious Dark-eyed Junco

Curious Dark-eyed Junco

A curious Junco approaching while we have been relaxing at the beach near the Beluga nursery in the St. Lawrence Saguenay Marine Park.

Saguenay St. Lawrence Marine Park - August 26, 2021

NIKON Z 6; NIKKOR Z 70-200mm f/2.8 VR S; Focal Length 200mm; Exposure 1/3200; Aperture f/2.8; Iso 100;
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Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)

Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)

Park Mont-Royal - April 01, 2018

NIKON D500; TAMRON SP AF 150-600mm F5-6.3 VC USD A011N; Focal Length 600mm; Exposure 1/800; Aperture f10.0; Iso 720;
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Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)

Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)

Park Mont-Royal - November 26, 2017

NIKON D500; 150-600mm f/5-6.3; Focal Length 600mm; Exposure 1/320; Aperture f6.3; Iso 400;
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Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)

Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)

airport-heights-park - August 13, 2017

NIKON D500; TAMRON SP AF 150-600mm F5-6.3 VC USD A011N; Focal Length 600mm; Exposure 1/1600; Aperture f6.3; Iso 1800;
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Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)

Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)

airport-heights-park - August 13, 2017

NIKON D500; TAMRON SP AF 150-600mm F5-6.3 VC USD A011N; Focal Length 600mm; Exposure 1/1600; Aperture f6.3; Iso 1600;
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Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)

Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)

Park Mont-Royal - October 03, 2015

NIKON D7100; 70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6; Focal Length 300mm; Exposure 1/40; Aperture f5.6; Iso 800;
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