Whether your an avid birdwatcher or just your regular average joe, it’s hard not to be amazed at the sight of the yellow cardinal.
A birding enthusiast from Alabama managed to catch one on camera.
Charlie Stephenson spotted the bird and luckily managed to record a video.
“I thought ‘well there’s a bird I’ve never seen before,” says Charlie Stephenson “Then I realized it was a cardinal, and it was a yellow cardinal.”
Stephenson reported that it wasn’t difficult to spot the unusual yellow bird as she was always around her bird feeder.
Then her friend Jeremy Black, who is a wildlife and wedding photographer Jeremy Black saw the post, he understandably asked if he could visit her to try and catch a shot of the rare bird in her backyard.
After around five hours of waiting, the bird returned to the feeder and he managed to capture some cool photos of it.
Cardinals are usually bright red, this yellow cardinal may be a ‘one in a million’ occurrence and is the result of an ultra-rare genetic mutation.
“I’ve been birdwatching in the range of cardinals for 40 years and I’ve never seen a yellow bird in the wild,” says Auburn University biology professor Geoffrey Hill.
“I would estimate that in any given year there are two or three yellow cardinals at backyard feeding stations somewhere in the U.S. or Canada.”