Dark-eyed Junco

Junco hyemalis

The only spring record of this species in the Pribilofs was furnished by a single bird that lingered around Northeast Point from May 23-26, 1995. All other records are of fall birds, generally in very late August through October. Most records pertain to the nominant hyemalis or “Slate-colored Junco”, but a few individuals identified as “Oregon Junco” occurred during the 2003 and 2004 fall surveys. Juncos are widespread breeders through most of Alaska, but as they are typically early spring and late fall migrants it is likely that the bulk of the vagrants that show up in the Pribilofs do so outside of our normal tour season. Look for Juncos, and other passerines, in sheltered areas around the island, especially those with good coverage of wild celery.