Just over two years ago, on August 8, 2018, I was walking through Brooklyn Heights when I saw a host of sparrows eating bread in the street.  While sparrows usually do not gather en masse in the middle of the street, it was not a sight so unusual that it would usually make me stop.  In this case, however, I noticed that one of the sparrows – or at least what I thought to be a sparrow – was white.

From my quick glance, I detected no notable difference between the white bird and its fellow feathered friends other than its color.  Perhaps it was a rare albino sparrow?  I pulled out my BlackBerry Classic to take a picture of the possible albino sparrow for future reference.  However, before I could take the picture, a car entered the scene, dispersing the sparrows in every direction.

I never again crossed paths with the white bird.  To this day, I cannot say for sure whether it was an albino sparrow or something else.  Since I have not seen too many white birds in these parts generally, however, it was likely a rarer site than the simultaneous blue jay-black squirrel sighting I caught in Boerum Hill some two decades ago.

Text "The Sparrow" from "The Queen Bee and Other Nature Stories," for article on a possible albino sparrow sighting.
Image clipped from “The Queen Bee and Other Nature Stories” on Project Gutenberg. To be sure, the book references brown sparrows, not albino sparrows. However, due to my not being fast enough in taking a picture last year, we must settle.

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