Leucistic Dark-eyed Junco (and Friends)

We spent the past weekend on Saltspring Island. The front yard feeders where we were staying attracted a good crowd of birds about 90% of which were Dark-eyed Juncos. One particular bird was there most of the time and sported some discolouration on its head which I attribute to Leucism. The first two pictures are views from left and right showing that the discolouration is not symmetric.

Leucistic Junco-1070974

Leucistic Junco-1070980

The following view with the junco looking almost directly at the camera also clearly shows the left-right asymmetry.
Leucistic Junco-1070964

There was also a small group of American Goldfinches that showed up occasionally. Some of them posed nicely for the camera too:
American Goldfinch-1070960

American Goldfinch-1070962

The back yard had some bird activity as well including a Chestnut-backed Chickadee, a Fox Sparrow and an American Robin.
Chestnut-sided Chickadee-1070917

Fox Sparrow-1070926

Robin in Birdbath-1070941-2

4 thoughts on “Leucistic Dark-eyed Junco (and Friends)

  1. Bob Greggs

    Great pictures. Why don’t you send them to the Driftwood? www,driftwoodgulfislandsmedia.com. Happy New Year!

    Sent from my iPad

    >

    Reply
  2. Pingback: Good rare bird news from Indonesia | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  3. Pingback: What Causes Birds to have Irregular Plumage

  4. Pingback: Dark-eyed Junco - Wildlife Blog

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s