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Juncos eat grass seeds or insects on the ground that they find by scratching at leaf litter. The scratching behavior is common to a lot of ground feeding birds. Like mini chickens, it is their way of finding bugs and seeds buried previously by the wind or other creatures.
They also could be looking for little stones or grit. The grit is swallowed and remains in the part of their digestive system called the gizzard to help grind up their food.
Thank you Sarah....We just love all of our creatures, it sure has been a tough winter for all of them!
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