Subject: [Tweeters] Leucistic bird sightings
Date: Sat Nov 16 19:06:02 PST 2019
From: Dottie Belknap - dottie at

Up until this past week, I have recorded two distinctively different leucistic chickadees at my feeders every day throughout the summer months that seem to appear when Chestnut-backed Chickadees are feeding although Black-capped Chickadees usually show up within minutes, too.

Dottie Belknap

SW Portland

From: Tweeters [mailto:tweeters-bounces at] On Behalf Of Lyn Topinka
Sent: Saturday, November 16, 2019 6:51 PM
To: tweeters at
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Leucistic bird sightings

Dee Dee, hi ... 3 partially leucistic BC Chicadees have been reported in the Portland area this year (that I've noticed being reported anyways) ... 2 in Oregon and one here at our place in Vancouver ... this is our 2nd leucistic guy, we had another one in 2014.

Lyn Topinka

Vancouver, Wa.

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From: Dee Dee <deedeeknit at>

Date: 11/16/19 5:41 PM (GMT-08:00)

To: tweeters at

Subject: [Tweeters] Leucistic bird sightings

Just got around to getting my photos in order and wanted to respond to Peggy Mundy's sharing of seeing a leucistic Black-capped Chickadee in her yard (back on 6 November). I find such reports of interest because this past year I have documented 5 individuals of 4 different species of bird, that exhibit what appear to be leucistic plumage markings. Several years ago, we had a couple of leucistic chickadees in the yard for a couple of years, then hadn't seen any for several years. Since last winter we have had 2 different apparently leucistic chickadees (one to a much greater degree than the other) as well as an American Goldfinch, a male Spotted Towhee, and a male Northern Junco, all with atypical whitish markings on, at the least, their heads. For those interested, photos can be seen in my Flickr album Leucistic Birds:

I find this somewhat interesting and strange, to see such a surge of sightings in short timeframe; I am interested to learn more if others have something to share about this phenomenon. I know of at least one other person in the area (but not particularly close to my neighborhood who also saw a leucistic Black-capped Chickadee in their yard this year, which looked very similar (but not identical) to one of those frequenting my yard.

Dee Warnock


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