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dark-eyed junco

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inspecting snow, limb, & sky

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to satisfaction

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Amid winter’s brown stripes of sparrow, finch, and wren,
zipping from brush to branch to feeder and back to brush again,
a dark-eyed junco’s charcoal hue is easily distinguished.

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Often found feeding on ground-spilled seed,
this little sparrow brightens considerably
 when flashing outer strips of white tail feathers
in sudden lift to a nearby tree.

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