Do you wear white after Labor Day? I must say I don’t quite get the reason, but I’ve always gone by the rule. Except today I decided to throw caution to the wind and get one last day out of my white jeans. I felt very rebel-iscious until I looked out of my window and noticed the bird at my feeder.
Yes, he was wearing white-- on his head. Freaky? Yes. Fashionable? Most certainly, He looked very dapper indeed and goodness gracious—it was a couple of days after Labor Day! It’s a tad a bit early for Halloween and I don’t think he is going to fool anyone into thinking he is a tiny eagle.
Scratching my head at this Bald Eagle imposter I went and did a bit of research on this odd phenomenon. I find that it is more common (even though after years of watching birds this is the first I’ve ever seen) that one thinks. The condition, called leucism is in fact, a partial mutation of the pigment cells. He is a leucistic Grackle!
So, I must say that while we humans are stowing our white garments, the natural world is sporting them in style.