An Albino!

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Joined: Sun Aug 13, 2017 4:09 pm
Location: S. Ontario

See what fledged today:
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John C
Fisherville, Ontario, Canada.
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Joined: Sun Jul 21, 2019 6:05 pm
Location: FL

That is incredible I wish it could be saved somehow.
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Joined: Thu Jan 19, 2017 11:15 pm
Location: Plano, Texas
Martin Colony History: See Signature

That's the coolest thing ever. Go catch him and keep him forever.

Better yet, next year someone here will be able to post they have an albino SY bird. Now that would be cool.

2016 - late to put up, many visitors
2017 - 1 pair, 3 fledged
2018- 2 pair, 12 fledged
2019 - 4 pair, 21 fledged
2020 - 15 pair, 67 fledged
Conrad Baker
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Joined: Fri Jan 12, 2007 7:43 pm
Location: Paulina, Louisiana

That is definitely the coolest thing I have seen in a while !! I want one !!
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Joined: Sat Feb 10, 2018 2:43 pm
Location: Raceland, Louisiana

Wow! Thanks for the picture. I would have never believed it!
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Joined: Sun Sep 15, 2019 8:58 am
Location: Awesome Florida
Martin Colony History: Newbie in 2020: 2 pair of SY with 4 eggs each in Troyer Horizontals
fledged a total of 7 Martins

Please take more pictures!! They are as rare as your fledgling!! 8)
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Joined: Sat Jan 25, 2020 11:39 am
Location: Radford, VA
Martin Colony History: Lucky to have inherited an established colony in a lakefront Heath house, 18 units. 2020 was my first full season, mostly observing. Still learning how to be a responsible landlord.

How beautiful! Will he survive? Will his eyesight be compromised?
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Joined: Fri May 11, 2018 5:38 pm
Location: LaSalle Ontario

Beautiful bird I don't think he or she will breed (infertile). Must be a sight to behold though. Hopefully she stops by here on way down south. Northern birds rock. They work harder and deserve praise. Mine ready to fledge in week or two. First nesting pair ever. After 4 yrs trying. Hopefully they survive migration and return in spring
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Joined: Fri Jun 13, 2014 3:05 pm
Location: WA/Cathlamet

This looks very similar to the new chick in our colony this year at North Welcome Slough in Cathlamet, WA. Ours is not stark white but all light colored, pink beak and feet, but eyes are dark. Banded with Federal #2891-25160, and WA green L leg band W 160.

Neither parent was banded. There were 6 chicks and only one was white. The biologist took a piece of feather for dna.

I am not sure how but if I can figure it out I will post a picture.
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Purple Martin Flock at the center point of Welcome Slough (a channel that opens into the Columbia River about 25 mi upriver from Astoria, OR)
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Location: Raceland, Louisiana

That is beautiful!
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