Dark-eyed Junco Nest With Eggs

Dark-eyed Junco nest (Junco hyemalis) with eggs in a ground level nest in the Fraser Valley of British Columbia, Canada

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Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) Eggs (Purchase)

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   In late April I was mowing the grass growing between the raised vegetable garden beds and discovered this Dark-eyed Junco nest, complete with eggs, on the ground underneath a small overhang. This is a common place for Juncos to place their nests, I’ve come across a few others on the ground in tall grass in previous years. I try not to disturb these junco nests when mowing, but I did flush out the female that was sitting on the it at the time. She did sit on the nest again about 5 minutes later, however. A week later I did take a look at the nest (from afar, at first) and the eggs were gone. We have a lot of Black Squirrels (invasive species) that love to snack on bird eggs, so that might have been the fate of this particular clutch. Crows are another likely candidate, though they are not the only other bird species that would look at these as lunch.

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6 thoughts on “Dark-eyed Junco Nest With Eggs”

  1. I think a bird, maybe a crow stole one of a junco’s eggs. How can I keep them away from nest that is in a flower pot on my patio table. I’m afraid to move the pot lest she lose her eggs.

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  2. Could the parents have relocated the eggs?

    My dog disturbed a nest on the ground, so I moved the eggs to their first nest location (which had been abandoned just a day earlier) – on top of the fridge on the porch… and a few days later the nest is again empty.

    It’s not likely any predators found them, so I’m hoping the parents relocated them – if that’s possible.

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    • I’ve never heard of birds relocating eggs so I think that is unlikely, unfortunately. On the plus side, Juncos can have more than one brood per season so they are probably trying again elsewhere.

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