What is this little bird?

by karennormandeau@gmail.com
(Washougal, WA, USA)

Saw this little bird at my feeder. It is March 3rd near Portland OR.


It has a very white head with a dark grey collar and a lighter grey body. Could not find it in my National Geographic Bird book that I have used for years.

I have never seen this bird before. Is it a migrant?

Help me to identify.

Thanks,

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Apr 01, 2013
white head junco NEW
by: Anonymous

We are seeing this bird (only one) with a flock of Oregon juncos...looks the same as others except for
the white head....we are in the Sierra foothills of Calif.....3/31/13

Mar 07, 2013
Not sure but the one on the right might be a junco NEW
by: GaryE

It is very very very hard to tell from that photo but the bird on the right sure looks like a Dark-eyed "Slate-colored" Junco to me. The coloring is certainly right and they do like feeding of the ground.

The bird on the left has a very distinctive white head and I have no idea what it is. It could be a junco with a disease that makes some of it feathers turn white which I have only read about on this forum the name of which escapes me. Maybe someone else can help there.

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