Date: 5/16/18 7:01 pm
From: Sean Williams <seanbirder...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Re: Aberrant Worm-eating Warbler
Hello all,

This morning John Kricher and I investigated the reports of an aberrantly
plumaged Worm-eating Warbler at Wompatuck State Park in Hingham. We were
successful in locating the bird and securing photographs. It was foraging
fairly high in the canopy with a large flock of other warblers, about 100 m
in on the trail just south of gate 8 (so on the west side of the road).

The dark striping on the head is absent, indicating that for one reason or
another, it lacks the ability to insert eumelanin into the head feathers.
This lack of striping highlights the paleness of the head, particularly the
forehead. The upper mandible is paler than normal. Furthermore, the
uppertail coverts are white to pale buff. A most interesting individual!

Photographs of this bird can be seen here-

Good birding,
Sean Williams
Westboro, MA

On Sun, May 6, 2018 at 6:23 PM, Lisa Schibley <lschibley...> wrote:

> I found a similar WEWA last year. I put it into eBird here:
> Not sure if is the same since mine didn't seem to have a faint eyeline,
> but if not the same bird perhaps sharing genetics. Here are remarks I made
> to a friend while describing it.
> ...deviant worm-eating warbler...Interacting with wewa, weak but similar
> call...Same size and bill shape but paler, no head markings...just plain
> pale buff all over
> same size shape bare parts color..same pretty ochre coloring but a shade
> paler overall, not a hint of a crown stripe or eye line...completely
> plain head and face
> Same motion and was hanging with two normal wewa. Plus same call...though
> weaker and shorter...
> Definitely something interesting to keep a look out for.
> Lisa Schibley

Sean M. Williams
Westborough, Massachusetts

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