Twice in the past week I’ve had the pleasure of being out on my deck at the right time to watch two male Juncos taking turns in my bird bath, which is most often used as a squirrel water dish.
Although the Oregon variety of the Dark-Eyed Junco is one of the most common birds around here, especially in the winter, I never get tired of seeing their black heads bobbing around the yard and the flash of black and white tail feathers as they fly away. They’re so adorable!
For some reason, my yard is a hangout for an almost all-male flock. In the wintertime, when there are ten to twenty in the yard at one time, only one or two look like females, but it’s possible that they are young ones that haven’t developed the distinctive black cap yet. I need to do some research on this, as I wonder where all the females go.
In the spring, after the flock leaves, a few always stay behind. They hang around all summer, eating seed and whatever else they can find in my yard and garden. And also, apparently, taking dips in my bird bath.
I’m so glad I moved the bird bath closer to the house so I can see them bathing. They look like they really enjoy it!