[Tweeters] Subject: Albino swallow

B Boekelheide bboek at olympus.net
Fri Aug 17 17:28:05 PDT 2018

Hello, Joe,

Of course we don’t know if it is the same bird, but in late June and early July there was an all-white Barn Swallow flying with other Barn Swallows around the lower Dungeness Valley, first seen 6/22 by Bonnie Bless-Boenish on the west side of the Dungeness River, then reported at least twice more by others on the east side of the river. I believe the last time someone reported it over here was during the first week in July.

It was a leucistic individual, all white but with dark eyes, so not a true albino. Did your bird have dark eyes, or pink eyes? Wonder if the Dungeness bird took a little jaunt over to Everett?

Bob Boekelheide

From: "Joe Monda" <jmonda at sprynet.com <mailto:jmonda at sprynet.com>>
Subject: [Tweeters] Albino swallow
Date: August 16, 2018 at 2:05:01 PM PDT
To: <tweeters at u.washington.edu <mailto:tweeters at u.washington.edu>>

A friend and I observed what has to be an albino swallow at Smith Island (Everett settling ponds) last week. It was flying with barn swallows, I think. Has anyone else observed the bird? It was an elegant sight.

Joseph Monda
Seattle Capiitol Hill

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