Albino Sandhill, young Whooper create buzz in Neb.
The curious case of two rare cranes in central Nebraska is electrifying birders as the spring migration season looms.
Spotted Sunday: A tall crane with pure white plumage mixing with grayish sandhill cranes.
Spotted Friday and Saturday: A tall crane with brown feathering among a flock of sandhill cranes.
One is an albino sandhill crane, one of four known albinos in a population of 600,000. The other is a juvenile whooping crane, an endangered species numbering about 258.
Both are rare and both happen to be in Nebraska, to the delight of Karine Gil, a researcher at the Platte River Whooping Crane Trust near Wood River.
"This is extremely rare," Gil said Monday. "There are two white birds around."
Labels: endangered species