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Deborah Krauss Smith

Monroe, WI, United States


I first began seeing this house sparrow in the late spring/early summer of 2015 around my barn, hanging out with other house sparrows. (I live in a rural area on a farm.) It looked very white (or ivory) when I first started seeing him. During the summer, I would see him frequently, but sometimes not for weeks at a time.

By mid-to-late September, I was seeing him much more frequently, and also noticed that he appeared more brown than during the summer…although when in flight, his “under feathers” still seem very light. Since feeder season has started, I see him at my feeders with other house sparrows almost daily.

I have never seen anything like this before, so feel very privileged to have this little guy at my farm and at my feeders. 🙂 I apologize that my photos are not better than they are.


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Species: House Sparrow

A Leucistic House Sparrow

22.June 2015 I started seeing this bird in the spring. It was very white, but looked like a sparrow and hung out with the house sparrows, so I assumed that's what it was. I would see if off and on throughout the summer, but not daily; sometimes it would be weeks at a time before I would see it again, especially as crops became more mature.

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