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"Yesterday, Charlie Stephenson provided me with the opportunity to photograph the most captivating cardinal in Alabaster, Alabama," writes Jeremy Black in sharing with us his shot of an extraordinarily rare Northern cardinal that Charlie had seen and videotaped earlier and agreed to help Jeremy find. "This yellow cardinal displays a rare mutation that causes the metabolic process to produce a different type of pigment than the typical red coloration. According to a biologist from Auburn University, this mutation is so rare that only one is seen each year in the United States." Has any of you ever been lucky enough to see or photograph a Northern cardinal with this rare coloration? Let us know (photos welcome, of course). Many thanks to Jeremy for sharing his stunning photo and to Charlie for both her sharp birding eye and her generosity in helping Charlie. FYI, there is a species of bird that's actually called the yellow cardinal, but it's neotropical and lives in South America. (If you enjoy our posts and would like to see them regularly, a good way is to "like" our page and then click on the little arrow in the upper right of your own page, choose "News Feed Preferences" from the menu, hit "Prioritize Who to See First" and click on The Naturalist's Notebook. You also can visit our Facebook page and see every post. We're thrilled that so many thousands of you are interested in nature and science. Feel free to spread the word! Our website is thenaturalistsnotebook.com.) Jeremy Black Photography

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Scott Hannan reports a good turnout for this morning's (Feb. 10) bird walk at Secrest Arboretum in spite of weather that was less than promising. Thanks to Scott for being a trooper and leading the walk and to those who came out.
Here's a list of birds from the walk:
Canada Goose
Red-tailed Hawk
Killdeer
Northern Flicker
Blue Jay
American Crow
Carolina Wren
Eastern Bluebird
American Robin
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
House Finch
House Sparrow
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