Jump to content


Photo
- - - - -

I think this is a mutant dark eyed junco - ideas?!

junco

  • Please log in to reply
6 replies to this topic

#1 pbgalvin

pbgalvin

    Advanced Member

  • New Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 83 posts

Posted 10 February 2013 - 03:42 PM

This bird was in our back yard yesterday, in Norton, MA USA.
It was with a mixed flock of sparrows, cardinals, and juncos. The shape is junco but coloration looks like a junco dipped in white paint.
Any thoughts? Are mutations common in juncos? I don't believe it to be some other species of bird but I've been wrong before!

Thanks.

http://pbgalvin.smug...27945951_R4TgNZ

(
Here are some pictures of the blizzard and digging out, plus the birds that visited after the storm, in case you are interested:
http://pbgalvin.smug...27931929_89fgVK
)

#2 BarnSwallow

BarnSwallow

    Advanced Member

  • New Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 8,065 posts
  • LocationMonkton Maryland

Posted 10 February 2013 - 03:46 PM

It's a partially leucistic dark-eyed junco - cool sighting! The bigger bird in the other pic is a fox sparrow - nice!

#3 pbgalvin

pbgalvin

    Advanced Member

  • New Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 83 posts

Posted 10 February 2013 - 03:50 PM

Thanks BarnSwallow. Always something new to learn in birding!

#4 TheBillyPilgrim

TheBillyPilgrim

    Frank

  • New Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 13,682 posts
  • LocationSmithfield, VA (again)

Posted 10 February 2013 - 08:23 PM

Welcome to Whatbird, pbgalvin!

Leucism is a pretty common mutation in birds. We get quite a few "mystery" birds posted here that just turn out to be leucistic.

Life List: 700

Latest birds:  Rock Ptarmigan, Northern Hawk Owl, Vaux's Swift

ABA 2014: 339 species
Virginia 2014: 237
Isle of Wight County 2014: 182 species

My Flickr
eBird
 

Nevada Field Season Report: http://www.whatbird....-season-report/

Costa Rica Trip Report: http://www.whatbird....rt/#entry396425


#5 cany

cany

    Advanced Member

  • New Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 5,399 posts
  • LocationSo. Cal. Foothills, Cleveland Ntl. Forest

Posted 10 February 2013 - 08:25 PM

Neat! Looks like quite the storm, too:)

New Birder January 1, 2013
Life list: 326
Most recent lifersCraveri's MurreletAshy Storm-Petral, Grasshopper Sparrow, Willow Flycatcher, Barn Owl, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Sabine's Gull, Scripp's Murrelet, Rhinoceros Auklet, Black Storm-Petral, MacGillivray's Warbler, Black-chinned Sparrow, Gull-billed Tern, Calliope Hummingbird,  Red Knot, Violet-green Swallow, Short-billed Dowitcher, Mountain Quail, Summer Tanager, Dusky Flycatcher, Baltimore Oriole, Sage Thrasher, Northern Saw-whet Owl, Western Screech Owl, Cassin's Vireo, Northern Waterthrush, Rusty Blackbird, Tricolored Blackbird, Burrowing Owl, Prairie Falcon, White-winged Scoter, Herring Gull, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Hermit Warbler, Lewis's Woodpecker, Plumbeous Vireo

 
-- DONE! My first goal is met: get 100 birds in the first week of January (and I'm over count and still have two days to go). My approach was not to go after the easy birds, but the harder ones and pick up the easier ones along the way. So meeting this goal without really birding the easy spots is encouraging. I might feel different in August.
--  DONE! My goal for the next week (through the 15th) is to get my count up somewhere around 160. That shouldn't be too hard I don't think as I am missing a number of pretty easy species because I've been concentrating on local rarities. I am, however, taking a trip to the grasslands on Sunday hoping to get a new raptor or two and Mountain Bluebird.
--  DONE! With (yeah!) days to go! My goal for this week (through the 22nd of Jan) is to get my numbers up to around 170. I'd like to hit 175. We'll see. (I was 9 birds over... horray!)
--  1/2 DONE This week's goal will be to get my life list to 300 and my seen list up to 195. Did not get my life list to 300. Didn't leave the county this week.
--  Finally completed last week's goal.
--  DONE! This weeks goal (to Feb 14) is to get to 206 seen birds, including at least one owl (heard or seen for owl), and add at least one life bird.
 
This year's goal: Get life list to 400, see 365 different birds this year, and travel to at least three other states. The last part is the hardest for me.
 
Seen/heard: 294 (one is under discussion)
To go: 71

 

My new Blog: http://thisskysings.wordpress.com/

 


#6 cestma

cestma

    Advanced Member

  • New Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 7,754 posts
  • LocationSW Michigan

Posted 10 February 2013 - 09:29 PM

Very cool junco!
Trip report: Oregon Jaunt II http://www.whatbird....ii/#entry551308
Trip report: Oregon Jaunt http://www.whatbird....4-oregon-jaunt/
Trip report: Birding in Michigan's Upper Peninsula http://www.whatbird....pper-peninsula/

#7 pbgalvin

pbgalvin

    Advanced Member

  • New Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 83 posts

Posted 11 February 2013 - 02:38 PM

Thanks TheBillyPilgrim,
Probably seen other leuciscts before but this is the first confirmed. Not sure if it's "life list" worthy but interesting at least.

Noticed you have a link to a costa rica trip. Going there in March so will definitely check out your report.

--Peter





Also tagged with one or more of these keywords: junco

0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users