Redwing – 12th December

This evening, as the Redwings came in to roost in the scrub on the Deep Pit banks, a white bird was seen amongst them. It was obviously a Redwing but, apart from some streaking on the head, it was almost completely white. The bill was dark, with perhaps a hint of yellow at the base, and the eye looked dark. It was streaked most heavily on the crown with some more on the cheeks and throat. The light was poor and it buried itself in the hawthorn, so views were not perfect, but it was a stunning sight of what was probably a leucistic bird. PS.