This picture above was the first time I noticed this cute little bird. I asked my mom what it was after I put it up on the screen. Now, it's super easy to ID them.
The same day, or a few days later, this one - maybe same as before - was hanging out on our fence covered with wisteria vine. We have a feeder hanging nearby and it's a great place for them to perch while waiting their turn at the feeder.
In the spring, they were all over the place. We must have 2-3 adult pairs that live here year-round. I must remember to look for eggs. I was googling earlier about these birds, and found that they nest in ground depressions, often under cover (maybe of a shrub) and often against a vertical surface. I know the perfect place to look next year.
See the wall behind this feeder? This is our "shed" and it's where the vast majority of our juncos can be found. Oh, it doesn't hurt that there are a few feeders within 10 feet of this spot. Above, there's a Junco and HOSP getting along pretty well at the water tray. Anyway, I'm certain, there were juncos nesting behind that under the canna lilies and roses. That's where I spotted the youngster 3 pics down.
Here is a male ( I think ) scarfing up the seed on the patio.
And just a few feet away, scarfing up the seed the sloppy HOSPs kick out of the feeder. The juncos and mourning doves do a decent job of cleaning the mess. Of course those little grassy sprouts in the pic are seedlings from the seeds knocked out of the feeders that they missed.
Above is the youngster I mentioned. It has some noticeable streaking.
This is apparently my only picture of a female. Don't ask me why she's resting on the roof's edge. She was acting quite odd for our backyard juncos. 99% of the time they are on the ground.