Date: 3/6/18 5:35 am
From: Daniel Scheiman <birddan...>
Subject: Re: Gray-headed Junco continues at Hobbs VC
Use eBirdıs Species Map tool. Search for "GHJU", the alpha code for
Dark-eyed Junco (Gray-headed). Zoom in to Arkansas and Š

Dan Scheiman
Little Rock, AR

On 3/6/18, 7:09 AM, "The Birds of Arkansas Discussion List on behalf of
Ragupathy Kannan" <ARBIRD-L...> on behalf of
<0000013b0ad14faf-dmarc-request...> wrote:

Joe, where can one see the photo? Is it on eBird?

On Tuesday 6 March 2018, 6:59:13 AM GMT-6, Joseph C. Neal
<joeneal...> wrote:

The Gray-headed Junco found and photographed by Karen Garrett at Hobbs State
Park-Conservation area Visitor Center on February 28 was still present
yesterday (March 5) afternoon. Joan Reynolds first spotted it on the ground
under bushes near the VC. Later, we saw it again and managed a few photos
while it was on a hanging platform feeder visible from inside the VC. Photos
compromised by bright back light.

As Kim Smith pointed out in his posting of a few days ago, this Dark-eyed
Junco subspecies was formerly a full species. According to online Birds of
North America: "J. h. caniceps (Woodhouse, 1853); type locality San
Francisco Mtn., AZ. Breeds in mountains from s. Idaho, n.-central and e.
Nevada, and s. Wyoming south to s. Nevada, e. California (White, Grapevine,
and Clark Mtns.), and east to central Colorado and n. New Mexico; winters to
lower elevations and east to w. Nebraska and w. Texas, south to Sonora, n.
Sinaloa, Chihuahua, and n. Durango; rare but regular west to sw. California
(e.g., San Diego Co.)." It is extremely rare in Arkansas. Prior to Karen's
discovery, only one previous Arkansas record, from 1963.

I am amazed AGAIN at what incredible travelers are these tiny packages of
reality. 19 grams of indisputable fact about how utterly amazing and
surprising is our planet.

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