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Patrick Durkin column: A junco in disguise drops in

Leucistic version of common winter visitor surprises

10:01 PM, May 25, 2013
A dark-eyed junco.
A dark-eyed junco.
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A month has passed since we last saw dark-eyed juncos hopping and foraging beneath our feeders here in central Wisconsin.

The juncos fled north with the redpolls about April 20, giving way to summer subletters like the robin, grackle, indigo bunting, Baltimore oriole and rose-breasted grosbeak. The chickadees remain, as do flickers, cardinals, blue jays, house finches, gold finches and house sparrows; as well as the downy, hairy and red-bellied woodpeckers.

We've mostly taken juncos for granted all these winters, almost dismissing them as just another pretty little bird, even though ...

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