Thursday, December 4, 2008

Dark-eyed Jumpo

Thursday, December 4, 2008

In March of 1964, I was a two-year old kid sitting in a highchair at the window of my grandma Thompson's kitchen. It was a snowy morning on the farm and the feeders were mobbed with birds. This is the moment I called out my fist bird ID (according to Grandma Thompson).

"Junco!" I said, pointing out the window at the bird feeder. Gram swore that was my exact word—practically my first one! Of course it was not until 1968 or so that I met my spark bird.

If you've got a spark bird story to tell, why not share it with your fellow bird watchers via The Spark Bird Blog? We'd love to add your story to the collection. To submit your spark bird story, send it via e-mail to sparkblog AT

And speaking of bird names: The bird pictured above might better be called a dark-eyed jumpo, don't you think? This junco was photographed recently from the kitchen window of MY farm, about 15 miles from where the old family farm was, here in southeastern Ohio.

With all the bad news we get bombarded with on a daily basis, it's good to know that some things never change. In winter, at least here in the Appalachian hills, when the snow flies there will always be juncos.


On December 4, 2008 at 9:08 PM Mary said...

Jumpo. Perfect. I love that blog. Let me contribute about my Spark Bird. I made a note to tell my story.

Thanks, Bill.

On December 4, 2008 at 9:38 PM NCmountainwoman said...

Jumping Juncos! What a great post.

On December 5, 2008 at 4:22 PM Eva said...

Great photo Bill. I love how he's jumping.

And I hope Snowflake shows back up this winter.

On December 5, 2008 at 10:36 PM RuthieJ said...

That's a great junco picture. I have dozens of juncos in my backyard all winter, but have never seen a leucistic one--she's quite pretty and I hope she finds your backyard again this winter.