Date: 2/28/18 7:01 pm From: Joshua Glant <josh.n.glant...> Subject: [Tweeters] Blond Crow at Seward Park
Many of you have heard about the xanthochromistic (abnormally yellow) Northern Cardinal in Alabama. This week, I was fortunate to observe a bird with another rare color variety! During lunch on Monday, my English teacher whose class features my regular Bird of the Week presentation showed me his phone photos of a very unusually-colored crow along Lake Washington Boulevard S that he had spotted while jogging on Saturday. I drove to the spot as soon as school ended, and found the crow in the exact same field as I had hoped! The crow showed off its beautiful golden mane in the afternoon sunlight, and was otherwise a pretty spectacular-looking bird with various shades of light brown. This crow's unusual plumage is likely caused by a deficiency of eumelanin, one of the primary pigments that control dark color in feathers. A similar crow was observed nesting in north Seattle last summer by Kaeli Swift of the University of Washington, so perhaps there is a genetic link between the two birds. If you would like to see this crow, it seems to have a winter feeding territory around the Ferdinand St. Boat Ramp.