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#1 pbgalvin

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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

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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
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#2 BarnSwallow

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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!

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 03:50 PM

Thanks BarnSwallow. Always something new to learn in birding!

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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.

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 08:25 PM

Neat! Looks like quite the storm, too:)

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 09:29 PM

Very cool junco!
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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.

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