Some northern cardinals have a genetic mutation that turns their normally crimson feathers yellow. Spotting one is extremely rare.
When Tracy Workman glanced in her backyard on Oct. 3, she could hardly believe her eyes. But before the photography teacher was able to snap a photo, the bird was gone.
Thankfully, she got a second shot a few days later when the bird returned to her backyard.
After following it around for a few minutes, Workman was finally able to snap a few photos.
“Following a bird is, of course, not the best way to get pictures of it,” Workman told the Naples Daily News. “But at first, I didn’t believe I actually saw it. I was super excited.”
According to bird expert and Auburn University professor Geoffrey Hill, on average there are only three reported sightings of yellow cardinals annually, making Tracy Workman’s discovery truly special.
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