Rare yellow cardinal in Alabama, USA


This video from the USA says about itself:

22 February 2018

An extremely rare cardinal has birders and biologists flocking to Shelby County, Alabama this week, as images of a yellow cardinal have circulated around social media.

Auburn University biology professor Geoffrey Hill said the cardinal in the photos is an adult male in the same species as the common red cardinal, but carries a genetic mutation that causes what would normally be brilliant red feathers to be bright yellow instead.

Alabaster resident Charlie Stephenson first noticed the unusual bird at her backyard feeder in late January and posted about it on Facebook. She said she’s been birding for decades but it took her some time to figure out what she was seeing.

“I thought ‘well there’s a bird I’ve never seen before’,” Stephenson said. “Then I realized it was a cardinal, and it was a yellow cardinal.”

Stephenson said she would not give out her address or specific location due to fears that people would flock in to get a look at the bird, but said she lives near the new Thompson High School in Alabaster. She shot some video of the bird … . The yellow cardinal is still around, she said.

“Every time I watch the bird feeder, I can see him,” she said. “The cardinals in my back yard typically come in the morning and again in the evening and I can only bird-watch on weekends until the time changes, but on weekends, I’ll sit there and watch for him.

(Video courtesy Charlie Stephenson)

4 thoughts on “Rare yellow cardinal in Alabama, USA

  1. Reblogged this on flying cuttlefish picayune and commented:
    This is a direct result from Fukushima radiation damage to DNA. Just like the high jump in infant mortality and explosive increase in brain cancer and other “rare” cancers in young people and infants as well as birth defects in general in humans and many species.

    Dr. :Leuren Moret says, “This is definitely hormone related, so yes I think the likeliest explanation (since rad is reported to be higher in the US in many places now than in Tokyo) is rad exposure. And as we have discussed already – the wildfires are promoting and accelerating rad exposure in N. America because they are having wildfires in Canada too. I think they are global actually since we know from the RECENT wildfires in vineyards in Napa, CA, S. Africa, Portugal and Spain, Chile, S. California that they are spreading. “

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  2. Leuren Moret: “This is definitely hormone related, so yes I think the likeliest explanation (since rad is reported to be higher in the US in many places now than in Tokyo) is rad exposure. And as we have discussed already – the wildfires are promoting and accelerating rad exposure in N. America because they are having wildfires in Canada too. I think they are global actually since we know from the RECENT wildfires in vineyards in Napa, CA, S. Africa, Portugal and Spain, Chile, S. California that they are spreading. ”

    (She is talking about radiation in the soot and smoke crossing the continent from the west coast fires… the “Dr.” is from her masters degree in science, she is a world expert on how dust moves across the globe,)

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