Nov 11 2008
During the breeding season juncos prefer colder climates. They breed in Canada and New England into northern Pennsylvania and the Appalachian mountains. Habitat is everything. That’s why they’re found on Laurel Mountain in the summer.
Interestingly, eastern Massachusetts doesn’t have the right habitat for them to breed. So it’s from my Boston friends that I learned juncos are called “snowbirds” because they arrive with the first snow.
Juncos aren’t the only snowbirds on the move. Chuck and Joan Tague left town last weekend to spend the winter in Florida. Chuck supplies most of the photos on my blog, so I’m hoping my stay-at-home friends will supply me with a few pictures of Pennsylvania’s winter birds. Thus, this photo is by…
(photo by Marcy Cunkelman)