Could simply be a case of 'leucism' ... reported to be increasing amongst Blackbirds, Starlings and some other garden birds.I didn't manage a photo at all (unfortunately) but I saw an odd bird this morning on the neighbours lawn, as I left for work. It looked to me generally pretty much like a starling but had large white patches more or less at random over both body & wings - more or less a black & white piebald appearance. Unlike a pied flycatcher it had quite a bit of black on the underside too.
I'm sure many of the residents on this thread are much more knowledgeable about bird recognition than me, can anyone suggest an ID?
Can't beat a Robin to warm your heart.... Taken most of my feeders down as we're moving. Just have one sunflower seed and one niger seed feeder up. Starlings aren't visiting as they only come in for fat balls or mealworms, so it's just the tits and the Goldies at the moment.The first proper visit and sighting of a Robin this year, last year this guy was in and out of the garden daily but this winter no sign [of him or his partner in crime] I bought some "high energy suet pellets with berries" in Dealz the other day and he seems to like it, seeing more blue tits and Green finches start to appear too.
I love them, I always get a couple of nice wintery shots of them but not this year, no idea why. We did have 2 cats, and that made it tough to invite them in but at times the garden used to be like a bird sanctuary! One of our cats died a little while back so I decided I'll try again leaving some feed out. The Robins only like when I put feed down lower, they won't touch the hanging feeders, so I set up this log on a thick mat that was abandoned in the garden atop one of the bins I positioned it near the feeders, where the light lasts longest in the evening.Can't beat a Robin to warm your heart.... Taken most of my feeders down as we're moving. Just have one sunflower seed and one niger seed feeder up. Starlings aren't visiting as they only come in for fat balls or mealworms, so it's just the tits and the Goldies at the moment.