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.

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 and 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.

Photography

Photos of this species with information about where, when the photo has been taken; camera, lens used and camera settings.

  • Park Mont Royal

    Sunday, April 1, 2018

    NIKON D500
    TAMRON SP AF 150-600mm F5-6.3 VC USD A011N

    Focal Length 600mm
    Shutter Speed 1/800s
    Aperture f10.0
    ISO 720

  • Park Mont Royal

    Sunday, November 26, 2017

    NIKON D500
    150-600mm f/5-6.3

    Focal Length 600mm
    Shutter Speed 1/320s
    Aperture f6.3
    ISO 400

  • airport-heights-park

    Sunday, August 13, 2017

    NIKON D500
    TAMRON SP AF 150-600mm F5-6.3 VC USD A011N

    Focal Length 600mm
    Shutter Speed 1/1600s
    Aperture f6.3
    ISO 1800

  • airport-heights-park

    Sunday, August 13, 2017

    NIKON D500
    TAMRON SP AF 150-600mm F5-6.3 VC USD A011N

    Focal Length 600mm
    Shutter Speed 1/1600s
    Aperture f6.3
    ISO 1600

  • Park Mont Royal

    Saturday, October 3, 2015

    NIKON D7100
    70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6

    Focal Length 300mm
    Shutter Speed 1/40s
    Aperture f5.6
    ISO 800