Day 7: Dark-eyed Junco

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Male Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis). Watercolor, 8″x8″.

The dark-eyed junco is another small, sparrow-sized bird that winters in the area until spring. I see the juncos foraging on the ground for seeds and insects. They are quite distinctive with their dark hoods. There are several subspecies. This one is the most common junco in California.

I guess I’ll keep with the local, seasonal birds for a while. They are easier to compose than a more complex scene like skiers in a ski lift with snow-covered trees. I thought about trying to do that, but decided I liked birds better.

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