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Photo: A squirrel of a different color

 

Bird watchers James and Dianne Patterson are used to interlopers helping themselves to the buffet of black oil sunflower seeds they leave out for their feathered friends. When a white squirrel showed up about a week and a half ago at their home off Jess Lyons Road, the Pattersons first thought it was a cat. “I eased out in my best stealth mode and got a picture of it,” said Dianne. The squirrel with its dark eyes is leucistic. Albinos have pink eyes. The Pattersons have seen white robins and red birds, but have never seen this in a mammal. “The say the white makes them easy prey,” Dianne said. “We’re going to enjoy it while we can.”

Bird watchers James and Dianne Patterson are used to interlopers helping themselves to the buffet of black oil sunflower seeds they leave out for their feathered friends. When a white squirrel showed up about a week and a half ago at their home off Jess Lyons Road, the Pattersons first thought it was a cat. “I eased out in my best stealth mode and got a picture of it,” said Dianne. The squirrel with its dark eyes is leucistic. Albinos have pink eyes. The Pattersons have seen white robins and red birds, but have never seen this in a mammal. “The say the white makes them easy prey,” Dianne said. “We’re going to enjoy it while we can.” Photo by: Courtesy photo/Dianne Patterson

 

 

 

 

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