In late August, while walking Jericho not far from my home, I saw a white sparrow.
Not Albino. White. With black eyes. Hanging with a bunch of brown sparrows doing whatever sparrows do.
I did some research and discovered that these are rare birds indeed. So rare, I convinced myself that it was an escaped finch.
Yesterday, while standing on my back deck trying to grab a photo of my crazy-blooming clematis, I spotted the bird again -- at least I assume it's the same bird -- and got off a few shots while it was at my neighbour's feeder.
Old Russian lore has it that it's a ''magic'' bird -- and I should have wished on it.