Meet the blackbird that’s white after it makes its nest in Peterlee

The leucistic blackbird pictured in Andrew Watson's back garden.
The leucistic blackbird pictured in Andrew Watson's back garden.

Take a beak at this eye-catcher which taken up residence in the region.

Andrew Watson spotted the leucistic blackbird - which means it has white feathers because of a genetic disorder - in the garden of his Peterlee home.

I got some good pictures and spoke to a few twitchers and found out it was quite rare.

Andrew Watson

The rare sight has been captured by Andrew on video, with the bird, believed to be a male because of its orange-yellow bill.

Software engineer and town councillor Andrew, 48, who lives with wife Colleen, 52, and is dad to Andrew, 22, and Victoria, 25, said: “They think it’s great, especially my daughter because she’s into wildlife.

“It was first seen about two weeks ago, and when I saw it I thought ‘What the hell is that?’

“I got some good pictures and spoke to a few twitchers and found out it was quite rare.
“It’s just a young one I’m told and I’ve put it on some twitchers sites on Facebook and some have said they’ve never seen one as close up as that.

“It’s so different, I didn’t even realise it was a blackbird until I looked it up.

“It’s been eating everything we’ve put out for it.

“I’ve been told this is its first moult and it’ll get whiter each time it moults.”