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.

Sunday 5 October 2014

Vacationing couple spots rare albino hummingbird in Ogunquit

OGUNQUIT—Like many people this summer, Heather and Gary Ross decided to vacation in Ogunquit. Unlike others, however, the California couple had quite an unusual wildlife experience while visiting the seaside town.

While sitting on the lawn of the Beachmere Inn on the afternoon of Sept. 24, they observed what appears to be an albino hummingbird.

Photo courtesy of Heather and Gary Ross
“We had gone to breakfast and came back,” Heather Ross said. “We were sitting in the grassy area in the afternoon. I’ve always been a fan of hummingbirds. Gary said ‘look at that’ and pointed out a white hummingbird.”

Heather Ross quickly snapped some pictures with the camera she had on her.

“We were watching it,” she said. “It was stunningly beautiful.”

The Ross’ uploaded the photos, Heather said, and when they looked at the pictures saw that the bird had red eyes.

“Gary said it was an albino,” Heather Ross said.

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