Monday, July 20, 2009

Here's something I haven't seen before

Happened to look out back at the birdfeeder and saw white. So snuck out with the camera and got these:
Couldn't take a rest, so not the sharpest. Sparrow or finch, almost all white; that's a new one on me.


Anonymous said...

Not an albino either, note the eyes aren't pink.

Just North of me along the Skagit river is a "race" for lack of a better word of white and pinto deer. They're not albino, either, because the eyes, again, aren't lacking pigment. They are protected by law, though so they can't legally be hunted.

Gerry N.

Firehand said...

Black eyes and a dark spot on the head, yep, so not albino. And he's back this morning.

I've heard of those deer, odd what can happen in a somewhat isolated population.

Anonymous said...

Well, bless your heart, Firehand. It's good that you look out for the birds and care enough to feed them.

I've got another baby dove to take care of.

wolfwalker said...

House sparrow. I'd guess a juvenile, hatched this year. I think the technical term for this disorder is leucism. Leucistic house sparrows are rare but not unheard of.

Anonymous said...

Piebald deer. The bird looks like some kind of Grosbeak but not sure which one.
Rey B

Firehand said...

I wrote to the wildlife department and included a couple of shots, maybe they'll be able to give me more information