Date: 4/27/18 5:38 am From: Bill Lafley <blafley...> Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Last Yard Junco, Westwood
Thanks for your post. Up here (1100') in New Salem I usually have Juncos until the 29th or 30th and then can't find them on May 1. Not sure if they have a calendar or not. The other interesting note about Juncos is 20-30 years ago they used to be fairly easy to find nesting up here. We lived in Wendell (adjacent town, same elevation) for 10 years and had a pair nesting in our yard for a few years back in the early 90s. We generally would always find a couple nesting pairs in town when we did the bird-a-thon in mid-May. The last MA Breeding Bird Atlas in the blocks I did around here I had a very difficult time finding Juncos, in fact, I found a few individuals after May but not sure if I ever really confirmed them.
Bill Lafley New Salem <blafley...>
On Wed, Apr 25, 2018 at 3:18 PM, Walt Webb <wwebb24...> wrote:
> I keep a record of when the first Junco arrives in my yard in the fall and > when the last one departs from the property in the spring. I've kept a back > yard winter feeding station for about 46 years. Dates of Junco departure > have ranged from April 10 to 28. This year the final Juncos (2) were seen > on the 23rd. I'm always a bit sad to see these my little feathered visitors > who have stayed all winter leave in the spring! > > Walt Webb > Westwood, MA > <webb24...> >