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After encountering a swallow I had trouble IDing, until Liam helped me out, I figured a thread of these guys would be cool. The mutation has always fascinated me.

I searched for a topic like it, but didn't find one. So, if one already exists, apologies.

My first melanistic bird, a Northern Rough-winged Swallow. (Which incidentally, Liam had a similar bird in the same location six years ago. Is it the same bird, or an offspring, or just a coincidence? We'll never know!)

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9 hours ago, akandula said:

Palm Warblers normally have white tail spots.

Sure enough it was in my guide, I just hadn't noticed it (either in the guide or on the birds) - I think it was the one sided variation that caught my attention on this one.

Thanks for the tip.

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58 minutes ago, MichaelLong said:

Is peanut still around? 

Yup! She became an almost daily visitor and was in my yard about 2 days ago.

I think someone else put up a feeder near me and stole all my birds as there’s been virtually no one at my feeders the last two days, when I was averaging over 50... Hoping they come back and bring her with them. Need to get some more pictures of her 

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6 minutes ago, ChristmasBird said:

A friend sent me this picture of a Downy Woodpecker that is...buffy. All of the "white" feathers are a tan color. Has anyone seen this before? What's going on? 

I can't tell if it's just buffy, if it's the lighting, or what it is. Certainly not a bird I've seen in Missouri. I think some western populations (either Rocky Mountains or Pacific, can't recall off the top of my head) have mostly buffy underparts. Still a cool bird, regardless.

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