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Rare woodpecker spotted along Milwaukee River

Posted at 11:14 AM, Feb 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-12 14:19:21-05

Calling all birdwatchers! A rare woodpecker has been spotted along the Milwaukee River.

The Milwaukee Riverkeeper's Facebook page says the bird is called a leucistic pileated woodpecker. It's the largest woodpecker of North America.

This specific bird is a rare sight in the Milwaukee River Valley. In fact, it has only been seen twice before in the area, once in April 2017 and once in May 2019.

The bird is known to travel widely, and was reported six miles away in the Mequon Nature Preserve, according to the Milwaukee Riverkeepers.

Further, animals that have the leucism trait often become things of legend. Other famous member of the animal kingdom that have this trait include the ancient Celtic White Stag, the Great White Whale and Moby Dick.

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