8:01am Monday 2nd June 2014 in News
You could have knocked Derek and Sandra Shewan down with a feather when a rare white bird swooped onto their patio.
At first they though the starling they christened Snowy was an albino but they then spotted it did not have pink eyes.
The couple, from Hemlock Avenue, Huntington, discovered the bird was a Leucistic starling, sightings of which are occasionally reported in national wildlife magazines.
Experts say Leucism is a very unusual condition whereby the pigmentation cells in an animal or bird fail to develop properly.
This can result in unusual white patches appearing on the animal, or, more rarely, completely white creatures.
Retired Royal Mail sorting office worker Derek, 66, said: “From what I have read it is more rare than an albino.