I was parking my car this morning prior to venturing forth for a short run when I espied a white throated bird flicking through some damp leaf debris. Initially I didn't know what it was but it was then joined by a plump hen blackbird. The mystery was solved. What I was looking at was a piebald male blackbird. Apparently it is not uncommon to come across birds which a have a degree of albinism but I have to concede that this is the first example that I have come across.