Perhaps there are enclaves of self-perpetuating returning generations (site 
fidelity) . Other locations with potentially suitable habitat are awaiting some 
pioneer settlers. 

 Rich Guthrie 

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> On Jun 9, 2019, at 6:34 PM, David Nicosia <> wrote:
> I have a question about junco habitat.  Maybe no one will know but I figured 
> these email lists might have some answers.  So at my home in Johnson City 
> along the southern tier, I live on the edge of town on a hill in a suburban 
> setting.  Lots of yards and lots of scattered mainly Norway spruces.  Also 
> lots of blue and Colorado spruces along with balsam and Fraser firs scattered 
> about. No areas of canopy just yards with grass and a plethora of bushes. I 
> have noticed over the last several years quite a good number of dark eyed 
> juncos nesting. I have had a pair at my house for several years. They are all 
> over in my neighborhood.  I live at 1300 feet so not a particularly high 
> elevation.  
> I am spending a few days at Star Lake in the western Adirondacks with family. 
>  The cottage we are in  is among many sprinkled by the lake. No closed 
> canopy, a lot of large white pine, some balsam fir, some Eastern hemlock and 
> a lot of sugar maple.  I have 2 blackburnian and 2 pine warblers within 
> earshot of the cottage. Red eyed vireos all over, Robins, song sparrows, 
> chipping sparrows etc, but no juncos!  I have had only one since I have been 
> here on a hike and that's it.  Seems like similar habitats as the southern 
> tier except more conifers. What gives?  Curious.  Thanks.  
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