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Sunday, 18 December 2011

Snowball the Goldfinch

The indoor writer has begged me to put up this photo, taken on the bird feeders yesterday.  This is a new visitor to the garden: Snowball the Goldfinch (No, I didn't come up with the name!). Not an albino Goldfinch as it has other pigments and black eyes, so this is known as a leucitic Goldfinch.  One definition of leucism can be found here, but basically it's a reduction in pigmentation.  He's only just started visiting so we think he was blown in this week with the strong winds.  He's rather cute ... for a bird ...

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