Has Anyone Seen the Albino Robin This Year?

We're wondering if the almost-all-white bird is still in the neighborhood

Last year, Strongsville was home to .

The mostly white bird made its home on Webster Road in the area of Albion Road.

First thought to be pure white, it appears the bird is only a partial albino because of a black tail feather and some color in its beak.

"It's pretty rare," Stan Searles, curator of birds and aquatics for the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, told Strongsville Patch last April. "I have bird feeders in my back yard, and I've never seen one."

Wikipedia says albinism in birds is rare, and says most specimens are partial albinos, with white feathers in place of colored ones on portions of their bodies.

One resident of the Webster Road area, Scot Hetzel, of a robin he found just after it hatched and raised to adulthood.

When he researched how to care for the newborn robin, which he named Scruffles, he learned that the offspring of hand-raised birds often have genetic differences.

He released Scruffles near his home and said she made her nest in his yard. 

Debbie May 01, 2012 at 11:07 PM
I believe I saw it on our front lawn a couple of months ago, among a HUGE flock of robins - the whole thing was an extraordinary sight!
N. Marie June 19, 2012 at 01:56 AM
Yes I had an albino robin in our backyard toward the end of May, 2012. We live in southeast area of Wisconsin. It was in our yard for 2 consecutive days.
Greg Wrigh August 31, 2012 at 07:43 PM
I live in Kansas City, Mo. and I have seen Albino Robins all summer. I thought it was just one, but I been seeing it all the time.
Greg Wrigh August 31, 2012 at 07:44 PM
I will upload a picture soon.
kathy February 04, 2013 at 02:22 PM
HI, I'm in Warner Robins, GA , hour or two below Atlanta, I saw an Albino Robin just this year 2013, January, in my front yard, Last month across town I also saw an albino squirrel, didnt' get a picture of it though, I was driving.
Carol March 31, 2013 at 10:18 PM
I have seen an albino robin for the last 3 wks. In Gary, IN. It is all white and amazing to see it hop and get worms. I took pics but, was at a distance, un able to get close.
Greg Deutcher July 14, 2013 at 09:12 PM
There is an all white Albino Robin that I shot a picture of at the Nature Center in Bay Village Ohio at sunset yesterday. I just posted the picture on Facebook Birders.


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