albino blackbird and RMPRS
April 22, 2011
Yesterday, while walking Lily by the pond, I spotted a flash of pure white. It was odd — this region doesn’t have any songbird-sized, pure-white birds. What was it? Escaped dove? Piece of trash?
Turns out, it was an albino red-winged blackbird. I went looking for it again this morning, to take a picture, and got one. He appears to be full albino, with pink eyes — and those flashy red wing patches. How did that happen? He’s out singing and displaying with the other males. I can’t tell if he’s having luck, or if his oddness is working against him.
I got a rough picture with my little camera:
I’d meant to give these guys a plug on my Starfest post earlier: The Rocky Mountain Paranormal Research Society does presentations at Starfest every year. I try to catch them when I can, because they’re really good — I always learn something new. And they’re sensible — they ask, “What’s causing this?” rather than assume it’s a ghost. This year they gave a presentation on Cheesman Park, that perennial paranormal goldmine. (In Kitty Raises Hell, the Paradox PI crew investigates the park.) This was the partial inspiration for the film Poltergeist — formerly a cemetery, when the area was transformed into a park and residential neighborhood, the graves were not, how shall we say, removed in an appropriate manner. There are still bodies being discovered, as they were a couple of years ago at the neighboring Botanic Gardens.