Leucistic Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Leucistic Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Leucistic Blue-gray Gnatcatcher near Hastings, FL

By Linda November 13, 2018

I’ve been spending some time birding in the area lately in preparation for the Christmas Bird Count.  I plan to participate and I’m trying to get a handle on the local birds I might see.  I have lived here 3 years, so I’m still learning.

I recently went to a local storm water management facility with two friends to do some birding.  It was an amazing place to bird.  It also shows the wonderful outcomes when you use natural ways to deal with storm water issues.  The facility creates a wonderful wetland that attracts a large variety of birds.

The coolest bird we saw while we were there is a Leucistic Blue-gray Gnatcatcher.  According to Wikepedia, the definition is leucism ” is a condition in which there is partial loss of pigmentation in an animal resulting in white, pale, or patchy coloration of the skin, hair, feathers, scales or cuticle, but not the eyes.”

Here are some pictures of a regular Blue-gray Gnatcatcher and our leucistic Gnatcatcher.  We identified 41 birds while we were there in one area.  Here is a link to an area of our website that includes other bird photos from that trip.

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher near Hastings, FL
Leucistic Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Leucistic Blue-gray Gnatcatcher near Hastings, FL
Leucistic Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Leucistic Blue-gray Gnatcatcher near Hastings, FL

I also hang out at our local saltmarsh regularly.  It is very beautiful.  Every time I go, the weather, lighting, and clouds are different so you get a different feel for the area.

Saltmarsh on a cloudy day
Saltmarsh on a cloudy day
Saltmarsh on a cloudy day
Saltmarsh on a cloudy day

Regis, Dart, and I are planning an adventure to another part of Florida in early December.  As long as the motor home hasn’t been sold, we intend to enjoy it!

 

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