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Overlooked Photos of 2020 #18: Dark-eyed bird of mystery


Photo taken in Celista, BC — September 7, 2020


I was rattled, I’ll admit. I had just been roundly chastised by a squirrel intent on defending his territory. As I stumbled disoriented down the path I almost missed the adult male “pink sided” Dark-eyed Junco in the cedar before me. Luckily the bird was in a forgiving mood and posed for several photos before flitting away into the forest. I slept fitfully that night with both the vision of the bird and the nagging chatter of the squirrel in my mind…


* Why I didn’t post it: I took this shot just a few hours before setting off on a four-week roadtrip. I guess I had other things on my mind for a while and didn’t post it. And the threats that squirrel made still haunt me. Would you like to see a photo of him?


* I took a lot of photos in 2020, more than in any previous year. Some I shared, but looking back I’ve found many I didn’t. Maybe I thought they weren’t good enough, maybe I had something else to post or maybe…I just plain forgot. As the year winds down I’m rectifying those oversights and posting some photos I overlooked earlier in 2020.

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