Thursday, May 21, 2015

A Leucistic American Robin

I believe this robin is the male half of a breeding pair that has a nest in this Westboro location.  The female was sitting on the nest.  Leucism is an abnormal plumage condition caused by a genetic mutation that prevents pigment from being properly deposited on a bird’s feathers.  It makes for a neat looking bird, but I wonder how much more dangerous its life is as a result of its odd coloring.

American Robin

Cedar Waxwing

Yellow Warbler

It was a very pretty morning, but only in the low-mid 40s.

Baltimore Oriole

I had a few minutes to spare, so I took a quick walk at the boat ramp area too.  Here I saw the following:

 American Robin with nesting materials

 American Redstart (female)

Mourning Dove

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