[Tweeters] Leucistic chickadee

Michelle Maani lamoustique at yahoo.com
Thu Sep 24 19:54:11 PDT 2015

I've seen this one on and off since July, but it's the first time I was able to get a really good look and photos.  All of my photos are of the same bird, taken within seconds of each other. This is not a moulting bird, it's been like this.
From: Lyn Topinka <pointers at pacifier.com>
To: Sammy Catiis <hikersammy at msn.com>; Gene Beall <gene.beall at gmail.com>; "tweeters at u.washington.edu" <tweeters at u.washington.edu>
Cc: Pointers <pointers at pacifier.com>; 'Michelle Maani' <lamoustique at yahoo.com>
Sent: Thursday, September 24, 2015 7:32 PM
Subject: RE: [Tweeters] Leucistic chickadee

hi all ... our guy hung around approximately October to February last year ... would that fit into a molting timeline ??? ... we had just assumed he was leucistic ... never thought about molting ... Lyn

Lyn Topinka
Vancouver, Wa,

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>From Sammy Catiis <hikersammy at msn.com>

Date: 09/24/2015 6:51 PM (GMT-08:00)
To Gene Beall <gene.beall at gmail.com>,tweeters at u.washington.edu
Cc 'Michelle Maani' <lamoustique at yahoo.com>
Subject RE: [Tweeters] Leucistic chickadee

It looks like in these photos at least, that this is a  molt issue somewhat common with Chickadees.  rather than and Leucism on the first one.. however the second photo just a bit of 'pie-bald'.  Not too uncommon  It would be interesting if this is molting or actual Pie-bald.  The reason I question I guess, is only due to some species.. take the Eagle < horrible size/kind comparison..   the 2 1/2year molt leaves some Bald Eagles looking really pie-bald.  Yet, this is a common occurrence.    ?  Just my thought.   http://www.sammyclickit.com/Wildlife/Birds/Aging-Guides/i-SgXgtfh/A  Here is an example of what I was thinking. ?  Again, just a thought to add to the discussion.

From: gene.beall at gmail.com
To: tweeters at u.washington.edu
Subject: RE: [Tweeters] Leucistic chickadee
Date: Thu, 24 Sep 2015 16:36:23 -0700
CC: lamoustique at yahoo.com

<!--#yiv9276658058 ExternalClass p.yiv9276658058ecxMsoNormal, #yiv9276658058 .yiv9276658058ExternalClass li.yiv9276658058ecxMsoNormal, #yiv9276658058 .yiv9276658058ExternalClass div.yiv9276658058ecxMsoNormal {font-size:12.0pt;font-family:"Times New Roman", serif;}#yiv9276658058 ExternalClass a:link, #yiv9276658058 .yiv9276658058ExternalClass span.yiv9276658058ecxMsoHyperlink {color:blue;text-decoration:underline;}#yiv9276658058 ExternalClass span.yiv9276658058ecxMsoHyperlinkFollowed {color:purple;text-decoration:underline;}#yiv9276658058 ExternalClass span.yiv9276658058ecxEmailStyle17 {font-family:"Calibri", sans-serif;color:#1F497D;}#yiv9276658058 ExternalClass span.yiv9276658058ecxEmailStyle18 {font-family:"Calibri", sans-serif;color:windowtext;}#yiv9276658058 ExternalClass .yiv9276658058ecxMsoChpDefault {font-size:10.0pt;}#yiv9276658058 ExternalClass div.yiv9276658058ecxWordSection1 {}-->My wife and I have been seeing two such chickadees on our feeders in Sammamish for the past two weeks.  One has a lot of white on the head and back; the other just on its back.  I took the photos shown at the following link 12 days ago but we’ve been seeing them pretty much every day since:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/gene-s_photos/albums/72157659064531645 Gene BeallGene.beall at gmail.comSammamish, WA From: tweeters-bounces at mailman1.u.washington.edu [mailto:tweeters-bounces at mailman1.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of Lyn Topinka
Sent: Thursday, September 24, 2015 12:33 PM
To: Michelle Maani <lamoustique at yahoo.com>; tweeters at u.washington.edu
Subject: RE: [Tweeters] Leucistic chickadee WHITEY !!! ... is it him ??? ... we had a leucistic black-capped Chickadee in our yard last fall/winter but we haven't seen him since maybe February ... he was a regular visitor to the seed block ... didn't seem to like the suets ... we named him "Whitey" ... a pix ... http://NorthwestBirding.com/Images14Oct/vancouver_leucistic_black-capped_chickadee_10-07-14jpg we're located over here off of Highway 500 and Stapleton ... where in Salmon Creek are you ??? Lyn        Lyn Topinka
Vancouver, Wa,

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>From Michelle Maani <lamoustique at yahoo.com>

Date: 09/24/2015 12:14 PM (GMT-08:00)
To tweeters at u.washington.edu
Subject [Tweeters] Leucistic chickadee

Among the two kinds of chickadees that frequent my feeder, I saw a third, looking as if it were wearing a white mantle. It didn't  look like a Mountain Chickadee, my ID is a leucistic Black-capped Chickadee.  If anyone thinks my ID is wrong, please let me know. Photo at link below:https://flic.kr/p/y6aEVL  Michelle MaaniSalmon CreekVancouver, WA
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