Juncos, members of the sparrow family, are year round residents of North Carolina. Mother Junco typically nests, lays brown-speckled blue eggs twice per summer season. Such was the case in August when a nest appeared inside a silk hydrangea grapevine wreath next to my front door. Mother Junco sat on the nest night and day, scolded anytime we got too close. August 21st eclipse day approached and the scolding continued each time we passed the nest going through the door.
Mother Junco and The Moment of Total Solar Eclipse
Mother Junco continued her scolding when we located the optimal eclipse viewing spot on steps close to her nest. With viewing glasses on, the moment approaching, a breeze stirred up. Perhaps sensing something in the breeze, Mother Junco hopped into nearby bushes, still sending her warning.
Something we’d heard about and got to experience first-hand is that darkening skies during totality caused this little mother to go completely silent for those 2+ odd minutes. In fact, silence pervaded the woods around us. Presumably, creatures felt it night rather than day for those few minutes. However, right afterward as darkness cleared to day, scolding began immediately.
A short while later, checking the nest, there was a brand new little bald hatchling that may have come into the world right about the time of the solar eclipse….named it Eclipse, of course.
Little Eclipse grew quickly over the last couple of weeks and fledged into the world yesterday amidst encouragement from the parents. Now, all so very quiet on the porch…maybe too quiet!