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Sunday, December 21, 2008

White Christmas Robin

Believed to be the only albino robin in all of Britain, visitors are flocking (ha!) to get a glimpse of Snowflake, the robin.  Albino robins are nearly unique in the wild, as their coloration makes them easy prey for predators, such as the sparrowhawk.  But Snowflake has been ubiquitous amongst the cherry trees of Hampstead Heath this holiday season and has become a bit of a celebrity.

If you are in the area, be on the lookout for the fellow, "You'd have to be a very lucky person to ever see another live white robin in the wild.  This is a unique and magical experience."

Robins have a special connection to Christmas and began appearing on Christmas cards in the 19th-Century, according to research conducted by author, David Lack.  Check out the pictures and learn more in this article from the Sunday Express.

© C Harris Lynn, 2008

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