We moved to an apartment....i miss filling up the bird feeder....seeing the sparrows and squirrels fighting for a corner...and the juncos are reaping the benefits on the snowy white ground. Love these little birds. Dark-eyed Junco — Birds of North America Online
winter snow birds = hipcheck + snow plow aka puddlejumpers in spring and summer. Finchy tails and pushy pals they hover over seedpiles and chase each other away from them. Flocks of 5-12 pass thru our yard. The goth Kids call them jitterbug birds.
The Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) is the best-known species of the juncos, a genus of small grayish American sparrows. This bird is common across much of temperate North America and in summer ranges far into the Arctic. It is a very variable species, much like the related Fox Sparrow (Passerella iliaca), and its systematics is still not completely untangled.