Black-capped Chickadee

Black-capped Chickadee

This morning while walking the Hurd Grassland, I happened upon one of those ubiquitous flocks of Black-capped Chickadees that you can find nearly everywhere.  Common but well loved for their seeming cheeriness in the face of any conditions, this flock contained a bit of uncommonness in it that stood out. One of the Chickadees in the flock was sporting an all white tail rather than the usual dark gray with light edging. This is another example of leucism like we have featured before in posts on a Red-tailed Hawk and an American Robin. This Chickadee wasn’t as dramatic as those two birds, but its white tail was like a flashing white beacon among its fellows in the flock. Since Chickadee flocks tend to have fixed territories, there is a chance that we may rediscover this bird on our upcoming wildlife walk at the Hurd Grassland.

– Ron Payne

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