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Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Dark-eyed Juncoes: A reason to not rush in springtime in a northeast garden.

Seventy years ago on this day March 24th, 1951, The New Yorker published, “WINTER BACKYARD,” an essay about one of my favorite bird types (the dark-eyed junco) by one of my favorite writers, E.B. White.

I've included this essay in prior posts here on Blogger but it's worthy of repeating. 

In any event, this bird type is the reason I do not push for the onset of spring. They are lovers of winter weather (hence their common name “snowbird”) and the moment signs of spring begin to occur (such as the crocuses who are starting to come up in my place)...

...the juncoes are out of here. After having them around during dreary winter days as well as throughout snowstorms (as seen in the next sequence of images)...

... I truly miss them when they leave my garden as I often don’t get a chance to say goodbye. My consolation is that they are very loyal and have returned to my garden every year just before the onset of cold temperatures.

This place is the setting for my book series, Words In Our Beak

This is a photo of my three volume book series, "Words In Our Beak." Information re the books is another one of my blog  posts @

Moreover, Dark-eyed juncoes, as well as an array of bird types, (nearly thirty-five) are discussed as the goal of these books is to open readers to a simple understanding of the winged world and their environment. 

Set in a rooftop urban garden (mine) in New York City, my story is told in the voice of Cam, a female cardinal, who visits it. Words In Our Beak is directed to children and adults who are curious about birds, and want to learn about them from a unique perspective. 

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