A snow white beauty with pink bill, pink skin and red eyes, this albino ruby-throated hummingbird is visiting the home of friends, Cyndi and Steve Routledge, in middle Tennessee. (I'm ready to jump in the car and drive the four hours to visit them!)
Mark Armstrong, our Master Bander of hummingbirds here in Knoxville, Tennessee, Bob Sargent has banded about 50 albino hummingbirds over his career as a bander, but none have ever returned in subsequent years.
Steve and Cyndi set up watch at the front and back feeders of their house and soon their snow white visitor reappeared.
The albino bird has been at the Routledges for four days. Cyndi says, "He/she likes to perch in our Snowball Hydrangea bush. Because it's white we have no way of knowing male or female unless it's "in hand". I sent the pictures to Bob Sargent Thursday night since we were not sure whether it was a true albino or leucistic. Bob believes it's a true albino because it has pink legs, a pink bill, a red eye and pink skin."
All photo credits in this blog post: Cyndi Routledge, photographer and naturalist in Clarksville, TN.
Hummingbird Study Group
Cornell on Albinism and Leucism
For the Love of It...
...the sage sees heaven reflected in Nature as in a mirror, and he pursues this Art, not for the sake of gold or silver, but for the love of the knowledge which it reveals.