Dark-eyed Junco [Junco hyemalis] ~ #23

It was a sunny Saturday afternoon.  I had just been in Lillooet a few hours and was really looking forward to going to my favorite places to see what I could see.  I parked by the Power Canal and walked down the hill to the path that’s between Cayoosh Creek and the BC Hydro Campground.  I’ll admit I usually don’t have too much bird luck in this area, but I like walking down the path beside the rushing creek.  Kind of soothed my mind a bit after the 4 hour drive.  I was hoping to see the Osprey at their nest on the Hydro poll, but it didn’t look they returned from their winter home yet.  The first birds I saw were the Robins which I talked about in my last post.  As I was walking I saw many more Robins, and heard some Towhees making a ruckus in the bushes, but I wasn’t until I was heading back to the car that I spotted a cute little bird, all by itself, foraging in the grass enjoying a little patch of sunshine amongst the shade from the trees.

Dark-eyed Junco
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon) ~ Lillooet, BC ~ April 5, 2015

I’ve seen these guys before but I have surprisingly very few clear pictures of them.  I always have challenges with the little birds as they don’t seem to stay still for very long.  Doesn’t help that I think I rely on my automatic settings on my camera too much … but I’m working on it  😉

Dark-eyed Junco
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon) ~ Lillooet, BC ~ April 5, 2015

His head is pretty shaded on this picture, and I kept trying to do a wide arc around him and try to get the sun behind me a bit more, but my efforts were futile.  I saw a lot more of these over the two days, usually foraging in bigger groups.  One day I’ll get a good clear picture of one of these.

Dark-eyed Junco
Dark-eyed Junco ~ Lillooet, BC ~ April 5, 2015

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