Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Snowflake is Still Here


Snowflake the leucistic female dark-eyed junco was on the deck rail yesterday, eating suet-dough bits. It was so cold that she kept one foot or the other tucked in her belly feathers.

She is such a beautiful bird.

I hope she makes it back again next year. It'll be interesting to see if she continues to get whiter with age. For any new BOTB readers, here is Snowflake's story.


Here's hoping the sharpie over on Zick's blog does not come to BOTB hunting some junco white meat.

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10 Comments:

At 1:17 PM, Blogger Trixie said...

We still have our leucistic red poll, not seen too much. It is so very interesting.

 
At 1:53 PM, Blogger A Portland Backyard said...

Very beautiful photos. We haven't seen any leucustic Juncos, but we do have their alter ego, the melanistic Juncos. They are all gorgeous and we take a lot of delight everytime they grace us with their presence. We would love to capture a leucustic Junco (or any bird for that matter). Great job.

 
At 9:55 PM, Blogger Mary said...

I wish Snowflake the best. She's so pretty and special. Keep an eye on her, please? That sharp-skinned is very skillful.

 
At 10:20 PM, Blogger Born Again Bird Watcher said...

"Snowflake the Leucistic Junco" - that would make an excellent title for a children's story. What a beautiful bird.

 
At 10:28 PM, Blogger Alan Pulley said...

Sharpie says "Yummm...junco, the other white meat!" LOL - just kidding.
Nice pics.

Alan

 
At 10:45 PM, Anonymous mon@rch said...

Thanks for the update on this cute little snowflake!

 
At 6:31 AM, Blogger KatDoc said...

It's good to see Snowflake again. I hope she continues to do well. Just in case, I went over to Zick's blog and nailed the sharpie's feet to the perch (old "Monty Python" bit) to keep her safe.

~Kathi

 
At 6:48 AM, Blogger Jayne said...

She's so sweet... hope that she stays safe.

 
At 9:51 PM, Blogger The Zen Birdfeeder said...

I heard sharpies prefer dark meat.
Seriously, do you know if small birds like this have more white meat or dark meat on their bodies? Is the difference in the meat on a bird fast-twitch muscle fibers vs. slow-twitch fibers, like in humans?

 
At 8:42 AM, Blogger dguzman said...

I love juncos, and Snowflake is just so beautiful. I hope she comes back next year too! Thanks for watching out for her.

 

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