After way too many hours on Whatbird.com and enature, this silly recent bird has me scratching my head (and my DH scratching his head about all the time I'm spending squinting through my binoculars). Anyway, I have a very poor photo of this bird, mostly whitish gray, feeds on the ground, and has never been seen around here. We're surrounded by forest, and about 100 yards from salt water, if that helps.
Here's a better one...only slightly though. When it flies, the tail feathers are black and white striped. He might be some kind of dove, I've just not seen any types that he resembles. He hops and walks along the ground. Sorry about the grainy pictures, I'll try to get better ones when I can.
It does look like a Robin in size and shape, but the black markings that are out of focus are really different looking. I was hoping to get a front shot of him, but he flew away. He comes down from the trees in the morning and feeds with the robins on the lawn throwing hunks of moss around (since my lawn is full of it).
Pelletory - what is the type of Robin you are referring to? I haven't heard of that - is it some form of a mutation, or a different relative? I would love to know more. We get a great variety of birds around here, and I have logged them all in the five years we've lived here...this guy has me stumped!
Murmur - I hope your forest project is going well!
Resin - thanks so much for the clarification. I suppose it could be a partial albino. I am going to get my DH to bring home his better camera to hopefully capture the markings on his wings and head. There is subtle light orange and white on his breast.
This morning, I observed that other robins feeding on the ground near him were charging him and looking like they wanted to scare him off. Unfortunately I didn't get a better photo before one of them succeeded.
Thanks to Resin, I've gotten a positive ID for this Partial Albino American Robin. Just this morning, my elusive birdy friend swooped down to take a bath in the pond...(whereupon I swiftly swooped into the kitchen and grabbed my camera)!
Following are the photos I got of this unusual bird.
We have a lot of fun watching for him/her each day. Usually it appears around 6:00 a.m., and then around 9, again around noon, and a few times in the afternoon. We figure there must be a nest around in the tall trees bordering our property. We're still trying to get a clearer photo, but he's really fast!
Does anyone know if albinism is a predominantly male or female trait?
[quote]Does anyone know if albinism is a predominantly male or female trait?[/quote]
I'm not aware of any differences in frequency between males and females; it doesn't seem very likely on a genetic basis, either.
Wow! What a cool thing to see! You were most fortunate to get photos. Robins don't generally let you get too close, especially while they are on the ground. And this one is likely more wary than most.
You were honored!
Thanks - I cheated though and took them from inside of the house! This bird has been very visible lately, and I suspect there must be a nest nearby. One of these days I'll get a photo of it in flight - the tail feathers are black and white alternating stripes which looks really stunning as it flies. The wings are very white, so it looks a bit like a sheet of paper blowing around.