As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Look at This Angel Bird!

Michelle Gaggiotti, who lives in Virginia Beach, came across this little bird that looked like it flew off an artist’s canvas right outside of a 7-Eleven on Dam Neck Road.

Gaggiotti even ran home to get her camera to snap this and several other photos of the angel bird.

In the bird world, this little one would often be called leucistic (partial albino) since it is not a true albino-- pure white with pink eyes.

Notice the pale yellow spot on the side of its breast. It also had a yellow spot on its other side and on its rump, Gaggiotti said.

The subtle yellow coloring led Gaggiotti to the assumption that the lovely creature is a yellow-rumped warbler.

“Very friendly too,” she said, “and allowed close-ups!”

It’s a wonder that a pristine beauty like this has lived for as long as it has because you would think it would be an easy target for a predator.

But if it makes it through mating season, we may see more little white yellow-rumped warbler beauties in the area.

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