Not Endemic

A male dark-eyed junco perches in a subalpine fir in Olympic National Park

While some species in Olympic National Park are endemic to the peninsula, others like this dark-eyed junco can be found elsewhere ā€“ including my backyard. The junco in the top picture is perching in a subalpine fir at Hurricane Ridge, the one on the bottom in a dogwood in our backyard. Earlier this week one was flitting about in a tree just a few feet away as I walked to the cafeteria at work, while others were feeding on the ground near the track across the street from my office where I walk when I need a break from programming.

Junco in the Dogwood

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