I think this is a mutant dark eyed junco - ideas?!junco
Posted 10 February 2013 - 03:42 PM
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!
Here are some pictures of the blizzard and digging out, plus the birds that visited after the storm, in case you are interested:
Posted 10 February 2013 - 03:46 PM
Posted 10 February 2013 - 03:50 PM
Posted 10 February 2013 - 08:23 PM
Leucism is a pretty common mutation in birds. We get quite a few "mystery" birds posted here that just turn out to be leucistic.
Posted 10 February 2013 - 08:25 PM
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My ridiculous New Years Goal: 365 birds this year. Only 87 to go! (you can stop laughing now). I'm giving it a whirl!
200 by 8/6 or bust! 0 birds to go, 2 days left over!
Posted 11 February 2013 - 02:38 PM
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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