During Great Backyard Bird Count in this westside Carson City neighborhood, I observed what I take it was a leucistic Canada Goose in a flock of 13 foraging. Its head and neck were normal coloration. Its body was entirely pure white. At that particular moment it was hanging back a bit from the other 12 geese.
In a group of five House Finches in good, clear view, I observed a yellow variant House Finch; have not seen any in this neighborhood before. Also in this group was a finch washed in a great deal of red and with a very red rump. It looked "chunkier" than the four other finches. It looked rather like a Purple Finch. However, given – I believe – the rare to zero occurrence in this part of the world, I am not reporting it here or in the GBBC as a Purple Finch but rather as House Finch, one that teased my imagination. This is the third time over the course of a number of years that I have observed one rather intriguing finch or another in this neighborhood near the foothills. Perhaps someday I will have some confident ace birder with me to confirm a big discovery.
Karen L. Kish