Now that the weather's nice & it stays light later in the evening, we usually take Holly for a walk up the street after supper. Tonite we saw this little white bird in the front yard of one of our neighbors. I thought it might have been a goldfinch, but of course, I didn't have binocs or camera along to make a positive ID.
We hurried home so I could grab my camera and binocs all the while hoping that this bird would still be there......and after a few anxious minutes, it showed up again!
I was still thinking it was a goldfinch, until her amorous mate showed up -- a handsome Chipping Sparrow. Mystery solved! We watched the two of them fly down to the lawn, pick up some grasses and fly over to a small evergreen shrub right by the neighbor's house.
It was so amazing to see this special little sparrow. I'm not sure if it would be categorized as leucistic or partially albinistic. I'll share these photos with some real "bird experts" I know and see what they have to say.
I hope we get additional chances to see this bird and that it raises a nice little family, although walking back home, we saw 3 homeowners on this same street all outside spraying toxic chemicals on their lawns. :-(
I wish I could invite this Chipping Sparrow couple over to my yard where I know it's safe.......