We went birding by car this week with our little one at Hornsby Bend. We got excited when we spotted a leucistic bird for the first time. Identification was a challenge but our mentors said it was a European Starling. Normally, a European Starling would have black or brown plumage depending on the season.
Leucism “is a condition in which there is partial loss of pigmentation in an animal resulting in white, pale, or patchy coloration of the skin, hair, feathers, scales or cuticle, but not the eyes. Unlike albinism, it is caused by a reduction in multiple types of pigment, not just melanin.”~www.wikipedia.org
Of course, we saw other birds too. This is an Egyptian goose by the road.
Some Monk Parakeets landed on the tree in front of us.
Female Red-winged Blackbird.
Numerous Barn Swallows.
Here’s our little one. She has been keeping us happily busy and one of the reasons I haven’t blogged for awhile. She’s been a source of joy in our home.