Migration Monitoring & The Onion
April 18th, 2007

It was a more pleasant day today, with just a few spits of rain, and less wind. The temperature is still unseasonably cold, reaching a mere 5C by noon. The persistent NE winds still have migration stalled, and retrapped birds outnumbered “new” birds. I handled lots of Junco’s again today (mostly retraps).

I did not see a single Tree Swallow today…

There was a beautiful pair of Green Winged Teal on the river during census.

Banded 24

1 Eastern Phoebe
3 Brown Creepers
7 Golden-crowned Kinglets
1 American Tree Sparrow
2 Song Sparrows
2 Dark eyed Juncos
1 Red-winged Blackbird
7 American Goldfinches

Retrapped 27
1 Hairy Woodpecker
1 Downy Woodpecker
3 Black Capped Chickadees
5 Golden-crowned Kinglets
15 Dark eyed Juncos
2 American Goldfinches



The Onion heard we’ve been handling lots of Juncos lately, and decided to publish this article so we could keep our readers entertained while maintaining a relevant topic.

<i>The Sibley Guide To Birds</i> Has Clearly Misidentified The Dark-Eyed Junco

The Onion

The Sibley Guide To Birds Has Clearly Misidentified The Dark-Eyed Junco

2 thoughts on “Migration Monitoring & The Onion
April 18th, 2007

  1. Don’t let that embittered hag fool you – Juncos are finches. We have conical beaks and dulcet tones. Very finch-like and not at all like sparrows. We’ve got nothing against sparrows – some of my best friends are sparrows in fact – but we have nothing in common with those drab, tone-deaf, heavy-beaked ground-feeders. Placing juncos in with the sparrows foments incorrect assumptions and perpetuates a negative stereotype. It is the language of hate. Sibley has it right.

    Jerry the Junco
    FINCH Representative
    Feathered Individuals needing Compassion and Help

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