This morning when I went outside, I made the sad discovery of a dead bird in the flowerbed, right near one of my feeders. My first thought was "oh no! I hope something hasn't decided to stalk my feeders!" But then I quickly realized that if that were the case, the bird wouldn't by lying there on the ground.
First, I don't know what type of bird it is. I don't remember seeing it at the feeders in life. I've just been seeing titmice, chickadees, Goldfinches, and Rose Crowned Kinglets for the most part. It's a fairly drab little bird. Not much variety of color or wingbars. It does seem to have a mottled brown and grey back though.
Oh, thanks Marylynnbeth. I had wondered if I'd see juncos, but hadn't gotten a look at one yet. I would never have guessed that from the picture in my book. They only show a picture of the male slate-colored Junco and it doesn't look anything like the picture. They describe other juncos, but it's hard to tell from that.
Here is the culprit. I just took this photo a few minutes ago, in the afternoon, but in the morning, the sky reflects off the windows, so I'm sure that's why it flew into it.
Thanks Pelle, I was talking about it not looking like the one picture in my book.
Looking at the pics on the link, I think it looks most like the pink sided form, but my Birds of Texas book says the three who most commonly overwinter in Texas are the Slate-colored, the Oregon and the Grey-headed Juncos. I don't think it's the Oregon because its head isn't that dark, but it could be either of the other two from what I can see. Of course it could be a mixture like my titmice, lol.
I don't have any photos of mine that show them from the inside looking out, but looking at this Duncraft link gives you an idea. They aren't too noticeable to us, but great for the birds, which matter. I have them on the patio doors and need to add more when it gets warmer and nicer.
One from Jan. 2007. Look at the patio door just above the feeder post and you'll see one of the ones I have and its shadow from the sun on the glass. The shadow shows up better than the leaf 'cling on'.
I'm glad your Painted Bunting was okay, Lou. I wish this little lady had been so lucky, but unfortunately that wasn't the case. I guess on the bright side, now I know what the juncos look like so I can watch for others.