white bird - north central WI
Posted 16 July 2012 - 02:07 AM
Our farm has three shallow ponds, it was humid and sunny today, perhaps 90 degrees Fahrenheit. The farm has 10 acres of pasture and marsh, a part-time creek that feeds the ponds, and 15 acres or so of fields (alfalfa this year).
The bird was white... almost all white. I saw a flash of black here and there, but I saw the bird from the side and as it flew I did not see color on the top of the wings (like I might with a ptarmigan or grouse). I think the beak was black... can't swear to that. Didn't see ANY colors other than white and black and it was 95% white.
Shape was a little "fatter" than your average flying bird, profile like a short tern. Size was probably 12"-15" in length. Guessing that the beak was straight and shorter than the head... can't be sure.
Any ideas? Can a bird be 'albino'? Could this have been something merely a growth point in maturation? (adolescent of something)?
Posted 16 July 2012 - 04:31 PM
Posted 16 July 2012 - 04:59 PM
Posted 16 July 2012 - 06:27 PM
Domesticated pigeon would be another possibility.
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