Our first true bird of winter is the Dark-eyed junco. These medium-sized sparrows have an overall gray or dark brown appearance with a white belly and a pink bill. They spend their summer breeding along the western mountains and well into Canada and then as the weather gets colder, they invade North American backyards by the thousands. Spending much of their time on the ground, they hop around the bases of trees or underneath feeders looking for fallen seeds. If you keep your feeders full throughout the winter, there will most likely be a flock of Dark-eyed juncos in your yard! These pretty slate gray harbingers of winter have a loud yet very sweet sounding call.