Today I received an e-mail from The Cornell Lab of Ornithology. They believe that my mystery bird is a leucistic Red- Bellied Woodpecker. (see previous post: “Mystery Bird”) “Leucistic” describes a type of partial albinism. Apparently it is quite rare. Of the 5.5 million birds that are counted each year in Cornell’s backyard feeder count, there are only 1000 leucistic birds of all species. Very interesting.
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This owlet was really hard to spot. If he had not been squawking for mother owl I would never have seen him. He is quite large… nearly as large as the parent owls.
Here are some fun owlet facts:
- Fuzzy brown feathers make him blend right in with the tree branches.
- Owlets have sharp talons.
- Owlets do not fly very well for several months.
- The owl parents may continue to feed their babies for five months.