A Sunny Interlude With A Junco

While walking up Bear Canyon Trail of the Randall Davey’s Audubon Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico, I came upon this lovely Gray-headed Junco. It had just flown across my path and snuggled down in pine needle litter between two sticks. This is the face I first saw.
I slowly crept closer a tiny step at a time until I was about 15 feet away. Using my digiscoping rig and later cropping the photos a bit, I was able to capture a delightful afternoon moment with my favorite bird. He scooched right between these sticks and proceeded to spread his feathers for a good sun bath. You can see how new outer tail feathers are growing in.

Now we get down to the serious business of preening.Feather care is of utmost importance.A little more sunning is enjoyed. Look at his eyes. Bliss.A brief respite from all this feather care to enjoy another moment of warm sunshine.Rolling on his side a bit to expose more to the sun.Now this side…ahhh.He then hopped up on the stick and proceeded to give himself....a really good scratch. The facial expression speaks for itself. . I always marvel at how if you’re attentive, you can notice moods, expressions and even feelings in birds and animals. Notice how he dropped the wing and brought the foot over itNearly finished now, just a little more on the wings here.Complete and satisified.

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5 Responses to A Sunny Interlude With A Junco

  1. Amy says:

    Nice series, Connie! What a cutie.

  2. Beverly says:

    Awwwwwwwwwwwwwww that was awesome! Thanks for sharing…

  3. Larry Jordan says:

    Great series Connie! I feel so much better now 😉 The last photo shows how beautiful this bird really is.

  4. ethan says:

    Great photographs as usual the last one is the best!
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  5. Thanks Ethan, Juncos are my favorite.

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