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redtail males and were nesting.
Despite all these tales of white
redtails, researchers reported years
ago that the most common albino or
partial albino wild bird species is the
American robin. A whopping 8.22
percent of all such birds were robins,
but other researchers hypothesized
that it could be because robins are
commonly seen, often live in our yards.
Another reason for the high number
of white robins may be because they
don't migrate far. Melanin pigments
make feathers that are strong and last
longer and the lack of such pigments
in albino or partial albinos weaken
birds, especially those that migrate
long distances.
Lost in the world of white creatures
on the Internet, I also learned that
New York State has the largest white
deer herd in the world. Back in 1941
in Seneca County, 10,600 acres were
fenced to enclose the Seneca Army
Depot, isolating a small herd of whitetailed deer, some of which had white
coats. In the 1950s, although hunting
was allowed on the depot grounds, the
commander declared that hunters were
forbidden to shoot white deer. Today,
even though the Army is cleaning up
the site and moving out, 300 of the
700 deer inside the fence are white.
Folks up there hoping to save the herd
refer to a prophecy of the Lenapes that
portends there will come a time when
a white buck and white doe would be
seen together and that this would be

FEBRUARY 2014

THE BIRD that showed up on the trail
camera was a partial albino red-tailed hawk.

a sign to the people to come together.
I presume they mean that if enough
like-minded people come together,
the white deer herd will be saved for
the many people who are interested in
seeing them.
Some Native Americans called
white deer "ghost deer," and I think
of our white redtail as a "ghost bird,"
because we saw it only once and only
on photographs. Artist and writer Julie
Zickefoose was luckier. She spotted a
pure albino redtail during a drive from
her rural Ohio home to Columbus
on Oct. 11, 2012. She posted several
photos of it on her blog and described
it as "something, something searingly
beautiful, transformative, a vision, a
bolt from the blue," an agreeably apt
description, I believe, for just about
anyone who has seen such birds.

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