Helena -

There has been a lot of talk on the list about leucistic birds (plumage
lacking color), but your bird may be an example of just the opposite
condition: melanism, in which black pigment replaces normal color.  If your
bird returns you should try to photograph it so that an ID attempt can be

Susan Fogleman
Campton  NH

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From: Vermont Birds [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of H Nicolay
Sent: Friday, January 04, 2013 11:58 AM
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Subject: [VTBIRD] Pileated Woodpecker

Hi, neat to see a Pileated Woodpecker eating suet along with a Male Hairy
and a couple of male Downys yesterday afternoon. The usual suspects were
present - 3 male cardinals and a couple of female cardinals, lots of
mourning doves, juncos, chickadees, nuthatches, bluejays, crows, sparrows
and one 'little black bird'. Three bird books did not help - bird is
slightly more slender than a cardinal, with black cardinal beak and black
all over. Black feet, black eyes. Just one on the feeder then on the
ground. Not there today.


Helena Nicolay

PS. Also one Male Wood Duck asleep by the woodstove, and 6 Canada Geese and
4 Mallards wondering what happened to their pond (on our 10 acre waterfowl