Dilute plumaged Whimbrel – Eastern Shore of Virginia

Alex LamoreauxBird Sightings, Featured2 Comments

Earlier today while out birding at the Magothy Bay Natural Area Preserve (eBird checklist) on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, I spotted a very pale blonde Whimbrel mixed with about 60 typical Whimbrel. The birds were distant but would occasionally fly between foraging locations which allowed me to get a few poor-quality flight shots showing the pale bird. I have never heard of leucism in this species but a quick Google search came up with a few photos of an ‘Eurasian’ Whimbrel with even paler plumage than the bird I found.

Leucistic Whimbrel landing among other Whimbrel (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

Dilute plumaged Whimbrel landing among other Whimbrel (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

Leucistic Whimbrel flying with typical Whimbrel (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

Dilute plumaged Whimbrel flying with typical Whimbrel (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)