I saw a white-tailed balckbird in a flock of at least a hundred this morning, in Manahawkin, NJ. I’ve never seen it before, and have been looking for other references.
How interesting. It must have stood out a lot. Were they flying or not.
The only references I can find are such things as a lack of good diet, old age, circulation problem and injury
Here is a link to some information
So all in all it seems that seeing a blackbird with white feathers means that the bird is not in top condition.
Perhaps this is due to the changing environment that the birds have to live in.
Maybe it is a sign of the times – the food they eat is not ‘first class’ food.
But blackbirds with white feathers do stand out a lot.
I remember the first time I saw the white tailed blackbird in my garden. I started to look out for it and it was good to see it come back every day.
I haven’t seen it for ages now. A blackbird,s life is not a long one.