Copyright Suzanne E. Wagner 2013
I have often wondered where the birds go during a storm, or a hurricane, or a blizzard. Where do they find refuge when the cold and windy elements of nature rumble in? One day as I was sitting in my study during a snowstorm I looked out of the window to find a Dark-Eyed Junco, Junco hyemales sitting on a branch hunkered down for the duration of the storm.
Not only was this Junco hunkered down for the ensuing snowstorm, he was also camouflaged quite convincingly. The moss green, deep browns and the grey of the tree trunk hid the Junco nicely and the distinctive horizontal light and dark demarcation of the Junco’s breast feathers also helped to camouflage this type of sparrow among the bare branches. To top it all off the snow was falling at a fast pace so I am sure this ‘snowbird’, as they are sometimes called, loved it.