Thursday, May 23, 2013

Another leucistic Piping Plover?

On Tuesday Audubon Alliance for Coastal Waterbirds technician Ewa Holland spotted an intriguing bird at Bluff Point State Park in Groton. She was about one third of the way down the beach when she saw an all white individual. She was able to see that it was definitely a Piping Plover but it clearly lacked much in the way of color at all. This was presumably a leucistic individual. Ewa had binoculars views of it but was without a camera at the time.

If you remember last season we had this cool report and photos of a leucistic bird from not too far away in Massachusetts. As odd as it sounds this seems like it may be a different individual. Ewa mentioned a total lack of color and that even the tip of the bill was without the black section. If you are at Bluff Point please keep a lookout for this unique bird. If you get any photos of it please feel free to share them with us so that we can share them with everyone.

Audubon Alliance for Coastal Waterbirds, Audubon Connecticut and the Connecticut Audubon Society partnering to improve conditions for coastal waterbirds in Connecticut.

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