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    I am looking for assistance with identifying this bird. I took this photograph in April 2019 while driving around the area of Lake McConaughy in Nebraska. It was in a field with several Sandhill Cranes. I've searched through several websites and I am unable to determine specifically what this falls under. The legs are dark and the eyes appear dark in color. Thus far I've listed under Sandhill Crane, Antigone Canadensis, but nothing makes that stand out as a rarity, if it in fact is rare.
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    Social Flycatcher by Mark Goodwin, on Flickr
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    The Seattle grey clouds just don't make for very good backgrounds.
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    Northern Shoveler-6180 by peter spencer, on Flickr
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    Did I get all 3 types? 1 2 3
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    Common Goldeneye.
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    Ruddy Ducks normally have pale-colored lower bills. However, like the one that you pointed out, some birds get stained due to mucking around looking for food. This is why there's more brown on the head/bill on that bird.
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    This looks like a leucistic crane to me. It has many white feathers and many normal gray feathers, typical of leucistic birds. Dilute birds usually have lighter leg/bill color and are paler overall. I would think that progressive graying cranes would have clear transitioning/a washed out look in the feathers, which I am not seeing in this bird. Whooping x Sandhill Crane hybrids would have different proportions, with larger bills and a less compact appearance. Overall, with the "clear-cut" gray and white feathers and completely normal bill/leg color and proportions, this appears to be a leucitic Sandhill Crane. Nice find.
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    Whatever the situation that's a cool looking bird!
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    Yes. But I excluded that intentionally as it's misleading. There are female Commons with yellow bills and dark-billed Barrow's, of which I've seen pics of recently.
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    Not to mention the bill is all yellow.
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    Thank you, for the input. I don’t think it was wet. It was cold and dry around here yesterday, but perhaps it had lost some feathers on top. I had to do some double takes because the blue kept showing up, even without the binoculars.
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    Yes, that is a male House Finch. The blue is likely the downy parts of the feathers showing, which are usually hidden and are gray, but can look blue in some lighting. Maybe it got wet or lost some feathers.
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    Agreed. Nice find!
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