Date: 12/2/19 4:27 pm From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed...> Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Yong Comment - Bill E's Leucistic Saltmarsh sparrow at Brig
I was that lucky birder who got to see the Leucistic Saltmarsh Sparrow at Brig between Goose Marker 11 and 12 thanks to Bill who gave me the heads up on the bird. We were driving in our own cars and communicated with facial expression and with our hands and fingers.
Unfortunately my live-action view was short as the bird hid back into the phrags. Quick research on the net showed any documented reference to leucistic saltmarsh sparrow dates back to late 60's to early 1970's, and his blog has a link to it under * Plumage Abnormalities*
I had plan to go back on Sunday to refind the sparrow for self challenge but the family gathering got in the way. No doubt it would have been a tall order cuz not only I would have to get the ideal tide * high tide preferred* but the bird also had to cooperate. Let's take a vote, do I have the birding skills and luck to find this ghost looking sharptailed on my own?
Kind of surprised this leucistic saltmarsh sparrow is getting little or no attention. One of the reasons I could guess is leucistic birds do not shake up the NJ's Top eBird 100 battle ground, unlike the Cape May and Sandy Hook rarities. However, for yours truly, Bill's Leucistic Saltmarsh Sparrow is my best bird for the weekend even if I had chased those Cape May and Sandy Hook birds.
Yong Kong Camden County
-----Original Message----- From: Bill Elrick Sent: Monday, December 2, 2019 12:32 PM To: <JERSEYBI...> Subject: [JERSEYBI] Hi I found a Leucistic Saltmarsh sparrow two days ago. I thought it worthy of a blog entry.
https://wordpress.com/post/scottiebill.wordpress.com/3075 Hi I found a Leucistic Saltmarsh sparrow two days ago. I thought it worthy of a blog entry. sorry the photos are not great but the weather was overcast or raining as yesterday. Bill. comments welcome. Thanks Bill Egg Harbor City . NJ