Hmmmm, what could it be? I asked myself. Pretty cute and kinda looks like an odd little canary....
It was hangin' with some goldfinches.
The pictures didn't turn out the best (taken through the window in low light at around 6:45 am), but being a naturally curious person, I decided to seek the advice of some experts. I sent a short e-mail query (with the photos attached) to a few of my local birding experts and also the "Science Chimp." And lo, and behold, within the hour I had the following response from our dear Science Chimp:
"Just a leucistic American goldfinch. The melanin is lacking on the head, allowing the underlying yellow to show through. Leucism is pretty common in these birds. But very pretty!"
Isn't she great? I didn't think the bird was rare, but wondered if it was maybe a caged bird that had been released or if it was just some sort of feather anomaly. I was lucky to see this little bird and catch a few photographs, because in less than 10 minutes it flew away and I haven't seen it since.
Thanks Julie, for helping solve the mystery of this unusual looking little birdie.
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I'm not sure if anyone has noticed or not, but I've added a link to upcoming birding festivals on my sidebar. Some of these are festivals I hope to attend and right now they're all in the midwest area. As more festival information is announced for 2008, I'll surely be adding some links. Barring any unforeseen events, I'm currently planning to attend the Sax Zim Bog Festival in February, and I'm thinking really seriously about the Great Plains Sandhill Crane & Bluebird Festival in Nebraska in March too.