Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Northern Maine Birds: Leucistic? Albino? Bohemian Waxwing in Caribou

I was driving through town yesterday and spotted a (the) big flock of Bohemian Waxwings that's been gobbling up all the fruit and berries since they arrived.  The bulk of the flock was in a crab apple near the street.  As I passed, I spotted a white bird in the tree with the waxwings: 

Needless to say I turned around, parked and "snuck" up on the birds.  All the normal Bohemian Waxwings flew away, but the white bird lingered.  It was tough to see from the sidewalk.  I stood in the traffic and got this picture:

In a close crop if the pic I think I see a pink eye.  Maybe an albino?  ...Yet theres a little hint of the normal dark mask.

Not great shots but the crest is visible as well as some yellow pigmentation on the tips of the tail feathers:

This is what a Bohemian with normal pigmentation looks like:


grammie g said...

HI Bill...Absolutely fascinating!!
I would just flip out if I spotted that, especially if I didn't have my camera on me!!
It is just amazing ..I see some yellow on the tip of the tail
don't I...wonderful sighting!!
So glad you was able to get these good pictures...hope they come my way! : )
Thanks for that share...

Chris said...

hi Bill,
it actually looks like a bohemian quite a lot, so I think it is an albinos, but I don't if this is that none.. Probably one of the first picture of it...

Kathie Brown said...

Wow! That is quite a find! Have you submitted this photo to the Cornell lab of Ornithology! I saw and photographed a leucistic Vermillion flycatcher here in Tucson once! (yes, I have moved back to Tucson from MA). Thanks for posting this!