White-winged crow

At ball field #3, among a horde of 39 crows, was a leucistic crow with white feathers on its secondaries. On one side, the feathers formed a stark white patch, although there also seemed to be one lone white feather among the primaries on that side (left side). On the other side, the white patch appeared less pristine, more striated, but still noticeable. In fact, it would be hard to miss this crow among the sea of black I saw
on that field.

It is likely just coincidence, but this crow appeared to segregate itself from
the others, keeping a distance from them, but still hanging with them. On the
field, it was way off to one side of the horde. Then it flew to a perch by
itself. When the horde flew to the opposite side of the field in an oak, the
white-winged crow remained on its perch on the other side of the field. It was
as vociferous as the other crows, though.

In Chinese folklore, a white-winged crow is a sign of evil omen.
I saw 3 E. phoebes, two of which were in a spat with each other (or perhaps
displaying early signs of affection?).

Location:    Bond Park
Observation date:    1/5/11
Number of species:    31

Mallard    20
Hooded Merganser    5
Great Blue Heron    1
Red-shouldered Hawk    1
Killdeer    5
Ring-billed Gull    11
Mourning Dove    2
Red-bellied Woodpecker    4
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker    1
Downy Woodpecker    7
Northern Flicker    4
Eastern Phoebe    3
Blue Jay    2
American Crow    45
Carolina Chickadee    14
Tufted Titmouse    11
White-breasted Nuthatch    5
Brown-headed Nuthatch    7
Carolina Wren    18
Golden-crowned Kinglet    3
Ruby-crowned Kinglet    2
Eastern Bluebird    10
American Robin    2
Yellow-rumped Warbler    7
Pine Warbler    2
Eastern Towhee    3
White-throated Sparrow    2
Dark-eyed Junco    5
Northern Cardinal    10
House Finch    7
American Goldfinch    6


About birdingatbond

I love birding! And I live near Fred G. Bond Metro Park in Cary, NC.
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