[Tweeters] Rare Café-colored Crow pigment mutation near Seward Park 1.21.2019

kelsberg kelsberg at uw.edu
Mon Jan 21 16:50:39 PST 2019

Thanks! Glad you took nice photos.

On Jan 21, 2019, at 3:12 PM, Joshua Glant <josh.n.glant at gmail.com<mailto:josh.n.glant at gmail.com>> wrote:

That blond crow at Seward Park has been there for at least a year! I took photos of it last winter:


Good birding, Joshua Glant

On Jan 21, 2019, at 1:15 PM, Tucker, Trileigh <TRI at seattleu.edu<mailto:TRI at seattleu.edu>> wrote:

Hi Tweets,

That’s a beautiful bird, Gary! It reminds me of a brown crow I’ve seen in Lincoln Park (West Seattle) - photos here<https://www.flickr.com/search/?user_id=37263485%40N03&view_all=1&text=brown%20crow>. Although my local one doesn’t have the dramatic coloring of Gary’s, I wonder if there might be some shared genetic modifications.

Good birding to all,
(About to head for Tanzania, woohoo!)

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
Trileigh Tucker, PhD
Professor Emerita of Environmental Studies, Seattle University
Pelly Valley, West Seattle
Natural Presence Arts website<https://naturalpresencearts.com/>

From: kelsberg <kelsberg at uw.edu<mailto:kelsberg at uw.edu>>
Date: Monday, January 21, 2019 at 11:52 AM
To: "tweeters at u.washington.edu<mailto:tweeters at u.washington.edu>" <tweeters at u.washington.edu<mailto:tweeters at u.washington.edu>>
Subject: [Tweeters] Rare Café-colored Crow pigment mutation near Seward Park 1.21.2019

I saw an unusually pigmented crow (I've never seen anything like it before) this morning from the pedestrian path along Lake Washington Blvd, about 1/2 mile north of Seward Park. Overall, it was café-au-lait, with a darker brown head and proximal tail, medium brown over the back and much of the wings, and white wing tips and distal tail and flight feathers.

It was foraging on the lawn near where some picnic must have happened, since it took flight with what appeared to be a piece of watermelon.

I took a quick burst of iPhone photos (low quality), which I've posted on the public Flickr account at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/145727674@N05/?

If they are not visible I can also email them to anyone who is interested.

I sent some of the photos to Dennis Paulson, who said he'd never seen one like it either and suggested that it was a rare mutation. He hoped some photographers might track it down and get better images.

Good hunting!

Gary Kelsberg


kelsberg at u dot washington dot edu

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