As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Bird watchers in a twitter over this extremely rare cardinal

February 28, 2018 | 2:11pm | Updated

Bird watchers are flocking to a small Alabama city this week to catch a glimpse of a cardinal with a one-in-a-million genetic mutation that causes its bright red feathers to be a striking shade of yellow.

Alabaster resident Charlie Stephenson first noticed the unusual feathered creature in her backyard bird feeder in late January and posted about it on Facebook.

“I thought ‘well there’s a bird I’ve never seen before,’” said Stephenson, who’s been birdwatching for decades, reported. “Then I realized it was a cardinal… and it was a yellow cardinal.”

The special bird is still around, stopping by the bird feeder at least once a day, Stephenson said.

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