A Sign from God, an Escaped Pet, or Mere Flying Street Rat?

I snapped these pics with my phone camera the other day by the municipal lot near the corner of Fourth and Washington.

At first glance it was a beautiful white dove. On second glance it looked like a plain, ordinary city pigeon with slightly unusual coloration (not an albino; the eyes appeared dark, and the wings were a very pale gray, almost white).

I’ve seen an albino squirrel or two near Central Park, but I’d never seen this bird before. Any other sightings?


  1. Rob Hardy said:

    It has a kind of supernatural aura about it.

    May 12, 2008
  2. Tracy Davis said:

    Rob, I noticed that too, and chalked it up to my low-res phone camera.

    But maybe it’s a halo…

    May 12, 2008
  3. Chris Ash said:

    It surprised my kids and I on a walk back from downtown. You know the economy is bad when you start seeing out of work white doves (if that is what it is).

    May 15, 2008
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