A visit to Innisfree Garden last Saturday was supposed to be all about the scenery (photos to come from that later), but those darn birds are everywhere! 😛
I had a few highlights, including some mallard ducklings and yellow-throated vireos. The one that really stood out to me was the photo you see here.
This bird was brought to my attention on Facebook, when a photo was posted that we couldn’t ID. Turned out to be this warbling vireo with a white patch on his head! The field marks on his head were obscured by the patch, but I confirmed the ID when I heard him sing. The white patch is from a genetic mutation known as leucism.
I am no expert on leucism, but I found a real interesting article explaining it better here. For the rest of the wildlife photos from the day, read on.
Wildlife Photos from Innisfree Garden (click photos to enlarge)
*The eastern phoebe is not injured in the photo. He flew down from the trees, flattened himself out on the ground and spread his feathers out. Interesting behavior!