White bird of happiness lands in the Springs

May 20, 2005
Love is in the air on a street in northern Colorado Springs. There are two love birds and they’re just that — birds, one an unusual white robin and the other a robin of traditional dark color.
Neighbors on Jon Street are chirping over the relationship, wondering what could cause a bird to turn out mostly white and marveling at the pair’s morning and night appearances in their yards and trees. Moneka Davis started watching the birds about three weeks ago when she noticed the white one fly off her roof. At first she thought it was a piece of paper. “I’m not really a bird-watcher until this one came along,” Davis said. “This one catches your eye when he flies over.” Davis and other neighbors have watched the birds pull worms out of the ground and they’ve taken photographs. “It’s almost an obsession, because it’s so neat,” she said. “I wondered how their babies are going to come out. Speckled?” Hugh Kingery, author of the Colorado Breeding Bird Atlas, wondered the same thing. Kingery said he’s heard of robins with a few white feathers, but none where white dominates. Color plays a big role in acceptance by other birds, so it’s remarkable the white robin found a mate, he said. “These things happen, and it’s an opportunity to study. They ought to take notes and see what happens with this pair,” he said. CONTACT THE WRITER: 636-0187 or pswanson@gazette.com
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