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 27 March 2019

Bird watcher spots rare yellow cardinal

By: Natalie Dreier, Cox Media Group National Content Desk
Updated: Mar 20, 2019 - 12:17 PM
THEODORE, Ala. - A rare yellow cardinal once again has been spotted by a bird watcher, this time in Theodore, Alabama.
Karem Maldonado has nine bird feeders scattered about her yard. Normally, Maldonado doesn’t have time to sit and watch the birds who visit, saying she’s “one of those persons who are always go, go, go,” reported. But for her 6-year-old granddaughter, the go, go, going got to be too much, so she took a break, sitting down for some quality time with the little girl.
The break was well-rewarded when the yellow bird flew up for a snack on Feb. 28. 
But it was March 11 when she got the perfect photo of the male cardinal that she has named Mr. Sunshine, and the photos have started going viral, according to WKRG.
When a yellow cardinal was spotted last year, a biology professor at Auburn University said it was very rare to see the bird with the genetic mutation.
Geoffrey Hill, who is a cardinal expert, has never seen one in wild, calling it a one in a million mutation, reported.

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