Major water fowl influx and Leucistic Junco?

note dark feathers on the wing and in tail

note dark feathers on the wing and in tail

Leucistic Sparrow?

Leucistic Sparrow?

leucistic passerine on Haven Road. I'm leaning toward Dark-eyed Junco

leucistic passerine on Haven Road. I’m leaning toward Dark-eyed Junco

There was a major influx of water fowl to the county overnight. Yankee Lake, Wanasink Lake, Swan Lake and the Bashakill had the most birds. I went across the street first thing this morning to check the lake (Yankee) and found 14 species there. Long-tailed Duck, Lesser Scaup, Ring-necked Duck, Wood, Black and Ruddy Duck, Pied-billed Grebe, Gadwall, Canada and Snow Goose, Green-winged Teal and Hooded Mergansers, Mallards and Bufflehead were all present. Wanasink Lake had 116 Ruddy Duck and 17 Ring-necked Ducks. Swan Lake had all the same species as yesterday, but in much greater number. A Greater Yellowlegs was also present. Back to the Bashakill, ducks were actually about the same as yesterday. I found only on Northern Shoveler, but three Blue-winged Teal. On Haven Road a big influx of sparrows, but only five species present. Among them was a leucistic sparrow. I observed it for quite some time and was able to get some photos. Even though it seldom associated with Dark-eyed Juncos, I think the bird was indeed a Junco. It associated most with White-throated and Song Sparrows and may be one of them. In the pics, you can see the occasional dark feathers in the left wing and tail.

List with species total of all sites combined:
Snow Goose – 1
Canada Goose
Wood Duck – 1
Gadwall – 3
American Black Duck
Blue-winged Teal – 3
Northern Shoveler – 1
Northern Pintail – 3
Green-winged Teal – 81
Ring-necked Duck – 18
Lesser Scaup – 1
Long-tailed Duck – 2
Bufflehead – 11
Hooded Merganser – 17
Common Merganser – 66
Ruddy Duck – 155
Pied-billed Grebe – 11

Horned Grebes from yesterday were no longer present

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3 Responses to Major water fowl influx and Leucistic Junco?

  1. scott baldinger says:

    I agree.

  2. Ken T. says:

    Thank You. I enjoy watching the birds feed as I eat my breakfast. I just witnessed something identical to the leucistic junco. Afirst in any songbird for me.

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