Juncos are one of my favorites to photograph, Allen and this is an excellent example of why. The background is plenty smooth for me. I do think it might work better as a 4x5 vertical with a tad more room on the top.
I thought about blurring the bg more, but decided it looked too weird so I took down the saturation there and added clarity to the bird and the log only. I think this gives the bird a little more presence without looking fake. Hope you don’t mind.
Hi Allen, nice one! I have a sweet spot for juncos … Nice colors, and the pose is also pleasant. The repost looks nice. You may consider using a wider open aperture to give the bg a natural blur for a next shooting. But I like it as presented. Cheers, Hans