[Bristol-Birds] Leucistic/Albino Barn Swallow - Russell County, VA

  • From: Thomas Hunter <opiehunter@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: Bristol Birds <bristol-birds@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>, buchanan co bc <bcbirdclub@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>, virginia birds <va-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 25 Jul 2010 11:45:24 -0700 (PDT)

This morning I was on Clifton Farms Road in Russell County looking for 
fledgling Loggerhead Shrikes to photograph.
A small all white bird flashed across the road in front of me and continued 
into a nearby field. I almost wrecked the truck getting stopped and getting the 
camera out.
It was a white Barn Swallow. I am not sure whether it was leucistic or albino. 
I think it was probably leucistic but I did not get close enough to determine. 
I have included some poor quality, long distance photos.
As a side note this sighting also clears another "mystery bird sighting". About 
10 years ago I was in Burkes Garden, Virginia in late fall/early winter when I 
saw a white bird that was flying sort of like a tern. It was late in the year 
and that did not seem reasonable and all of the swallows were gone so I did not 
consider that. I now believe that it was another white Barn Swallow.
The photos are at http://www.pbase.com/opiehunter/white_barn_swallow

Tom & Laverne Hunter
Russell County Bird Club
Lebanon, VA


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